Stolen Information

By Courtney Johnson

Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Snapchat; social media now plays a major role in our everyday lives, whether we like to admit it or not. And with us sharing more personal information, it’s becoming easier for other to insert themselves into our lives. So when information for these networks is taken, our private lives can become very public and information that should only belong to you is now in the hands of another.

As the tail end of 2013 rolled around, social media experienced a major breach when Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and Yahoo were hacked. In total, about 2 million passwords were stolen from these websites and a few others. While there is no evidence that the stolen passwords were used to actually access accounts, many believe that the accounts were in fact logged into by the hackers.

At the opening of 2014, Skype experienced difficulties when both their blog and Twitter were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hackers put out a tweet telling Skype’s followers that Microsoft e-mails were being watched.   The hackers also made the claim that information from these emails were being sold to the government.

While Skype has said that no account information were stolen, the question of the safety of our varying social media accounts still remains, especially with more and more accounts being linked to credit cards these days. So when it comes to networking sites make sure to stay up to date on what is going on in the world around you.

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