Letter: Hackers pose threats to all

Re “Obama sanctions North Korea for movie hacking,” Jan. 2 USA Today article:

Forewarned is forearmed. The hacking of Sony Pictures’ computers “allegedly” by North Korea, combined with the growing hacking of credit card information from retailers’ computers should be a wake-up call for the U.S.

Hacking of computers containing highly classified information could be viewed in the same way we guard against a nuclear attack. Shutting down the nation’s power grid would create untold harm and extreme danger.

Hacking into our financial and banking industry would shut down the U.S. as well as the rest of the world, except for the organization who hired the hacker.

Hacking which could penetrate the Pentagon and our NSA yielding our plans and counter plans can render us defenseless. And the list goes on.

Firewalls have to be developed that keep our computer data “hacker-proof.” Our society is becoming more and more dependent on automation. As such, protecting the data should be “job one.”

Ed Krauss

Scarsdale

source:http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/01/16/hackers-threaten-us/21800599/