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Has Everyone Really Been Hacked?

There is little doubt that fear sells security products, hikes law enforcements agency (LEA) budgets and sells newspapers. Both the security industry and government agencies benefit from sensational headlines; leaving people wondering what the real truth may be. So when UK newspaper The Times ran a headline, 'Everyone has been hacked, say police', it leaves the question, is this just more scaremongering or a true reflection on the state of security?

To my knowledge and belief, I have not been hacked (yet) -- so the headline is patently untrue. But I (and indeed everyone) am frequently targeted; I'm fairly certain I have dozens of unclicked malicious links and files in my mail system. Here's the first method of scaremongering: security vendors, LEAs and parts of the media will often claim, 'millions of users hit by new malware'. The truth is most likely that millions of users have been targeted or can potentially be affected, not that millions of users have been infected.


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