Sony issued a public apology to “Grand Theft Auto 5” developer Rockstar Games and to fans of the blockbuster video game franchise last weekend after copies of the game that were downloaded from the EU PlayStation Store were prematurely opened by hackers. Whilst the hackers were not able to get the entire game up and running, they did manage to extract critical audio and video files containing details about the “Grand Theft Auto 5” storyline and soundtrack. Naturally “GTA” fans were shocked to see details about the highly anticipated “Grand Theft Auto 5” begin to trickle across gaming forums late last week, especially those who had pre-ordered the game which is due for official release on September 17 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
It’s a well-known fact that small businesses are more susceptible to cyber-crime than many of their larger counterparts. A lack of funding and resources means that few small to medium-sized businesses can afford to pay for vulnerability assessments or penetration testing of their network security. But just how much money is this failure to protect online networks costing small businesses? Well, according to Federation of Small Businesses it’s something in the region of £785 million every year. That staggering figure is the price SMEs pay when they fall victim to fraud and malware.
You may never have heard of Gil Shwed, yet there’s every likelihood that your home or business is using internet security software that has been designed, or influenced, by the company he founded, Check Point. Shwed is an Israeli programmer and entrepreneur who is rightly regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern Internet security.