Verizon releases security incident report

Ajit Pai, believed by many to be a Verizon shill, may have attempted to kill net neutrality earlier this year, but that has not stopped Verizon from releasing its report on data breaches. The 2018 report stated that over 76% of all IT-security breaches are motivated by money, according to Forbes Magazine.

The report, which is available online, showed a total of over 53,000 incident and over 2,000 data breeches. Databases, vast storehouses of information, were the most commonly targeted asset. The time period covered by the report includes the Equifax breach. Equifax’s breach occurred because the company had an MS-SQL database servers login name and password both set to admin. Standard cyber security practices require database and system administrators to change the default passwords set up by such systems.

International espionage hacks, despite being high profile news, made up a rather small percentage of the overall attacks. More hackers engaged in corporate espionage than in international espionage. Systems administrators carried out most of the attacks, and it took several months for companies to discover that these attacks occurred.

Verizon researchers found certain industries are more likely to be attacked than others. Health care, Public administration, and retail are the most likely industries to be targeted. News of retailer data breaches occurred every though month throughout 2017. Most of these breeches took months to detect.

Security analysts believe the number of breaches reported does not represent the number of breaches that occurred. Companies and systems administrators often keep such events private. Corporations fear the damage to their public perception that occurs when the news gets out. Systems administrators and security specialists worry about losing their jobs. Major data breeches, such as the one that exposed millions of credit records in 2017, can force the person responsible to quickly generate their resume.
No one can stop all data breaches, and newly minted hackers, also known as script kiddies, often do not cause damage to major systems.

If You’re a Verizon Customer in Los Angeles, You Could Experience 5G Data Speeds by the End of the Year

Verizon has thrown its hat into the 5G data revolution in full force, now listing both Sacramento, California and Los Angeles, California as two of four cities that will receive 5G data connectivity before the end of 2018. These are two of four cities that Verizon plans to bring coverage to this year, with the other two cities remaining a mystery thus far. It doesn’t mean that you’ll see miraculous speed increases on your mobile phone just yet, though.

According to TechCrunch, Verizon plans to introduce 5G as a home networking service, catering to static wireless applications first. This means Verizon will be able to provide home internet at 5G speeds without running cables. You’ll receive a wireless router that connects to various cell towers via a cellular connection. According to Verizon, the company plans to have 1,000 cellular sites in place, all of which will be supplied with data from at least 36 million miles of fiber. The company claims it will have “hundreds of megahertz” of bandwidth when it launches its 5G data services.

So, when can you expect to see 5G data speeds hitting your mobile phone? Well, Verizon says that wireless customers could see 5G in the first three months of 2018. But, it’s not all that simple, either. There are zero 5G capable phones on the market right now. That means, if you want to be one of the first with 5G mobile data, you’ll need to upgrade to a new handset. Furthermore, it’ll only be available in a few select cities, so unless you live smack dab in the middle of the city, you’re better off waiting.

You should also remember that, while Verizon’s 5G home networking services may work well at launch, that doesn’t mean mobile data delivery will be fantastic at first. If the launch of 4G data is any indicator, 5G mobile data will have some serious issues in the beginning. When 4G was launched in major cities, getting a true 4G connection was difficult, with it only be available in certain areas within “covered” cities. It has since improved dramatically, and 4G LTE speeds are better than what some folks get from a hard-wired connection, but it’s something to keep in mind before jumping onto the 5G bandwagon so early.