Drs: Sony Hacking Scandal + How To Protect Your Personal Info Online

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The Drs TV: Sony Hacking Scandal

The Doctors kicked off their show with their Friday News Feed and the latest breaking health news. They started by discussing the Sony hacking scandal that is rocking Hollywood. The hackers got into the emails of Hollywood’s elite and threatened to end careers. The hackers are calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” and reportedly, after FBI looked into the hack, they found that North Korea was behind it.

Among the emails were racial remarks about President Obama and emails that called Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat.” Sony’s Amy Pascal called Leonardo DiCaprio “despicable” after he apparently pulled out of a Steve Jobs bio-pic. The hackers then threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the movie The Interview, so Sony decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release.

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Drs: Sony Hacking Scandal + How To Protect Your Personal Info Online

The Doctors discussed the Sony hacking scandal that is rocking Hollywood and welcomed a security expert to the show to explain how you can protect your own information online. (ruskpp / Shutterstock.com)

The movie’s plot is to kill the leader of North Korea, but the kind of information that has been leaked has been “unthinkable.” Dr Drew Ordon said they’re trying to start a war because it’s a cyber attack using cyber warriors. Dr Rachael Ross said they were successful because now the movie isn’t being released. She said we’re basically letting these people bully us and Dr Ordon said it’s an abomination that Sony gave in.

The Doctors: Hollywood Threatened By Online Hackers

Dr Jennifer Ashton said it’s a slippery slope, but Dr Travis Stork asked: what if another country made a movie about killing our president? Dr Ross said she thinks that what we’ve seen from Sony so far hasn’t even begun to scrape the surface of what the hackers found. Dr Stork said he doesn’t think Sony is necessarily the victim here as much as they just weren’t prepared. Dr Ashton said no one is prepared and part of why it’s so terrifying is because if it can happen to Sony, it can happen to anyone including the government or hospitals.

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Dr Ashton said she tells her kids not to put anything in an email that they wouldn’t say to the person’s face, and not even the executives at Sony could follow that. She also said that medical and financial information could get out. Dr Stork said if we’ve learned anything it’s that we need to be more aware. He said one of the biggest concerns when it comes to hacking has to do with our health information.

The Drs TV: Are You At Risk To Be Hacked?

Dr Stork said if there’s a silver lining, it’s that we’re all going to be more careful of how we protect our information. The Doctors welcomed security expert Gary Miliefsky, who said it was the second-largest breach in security history, with the first being TJ Maxx, which cost TJ Maxx $225 million in damages. The prediction is that Sony will be dealing with over $100 million in damages.

So is this something that could start happening more? Gary compared the hacking to an infection, saying we’re all infected. He said we automatically trust apps and downloads without truly knowing what rights and privacy we’re giving up. Dr Ross said she’s been a lot more careful because of all the recent security breaches and has been doing things like carrying more cash and using her credit card less, but she wanted to know what else she should do. She also changes her password every week.

The Doctors: How To Protect Your Personal Information Online

Gary suggested if you’re doing online shopping, shop with a credit card, not a debit card. He said there’s better laws to protect consumers because if you have credit theft, it’s not money out of your bank account. If you lose money out of your bank account, it takes a while to get it back. So what about PayPal? Gary said it’s a little risky, especially if you tied PayPal into your bank account.

The Drs TV: Protect Medical Information From Hackers

So how do we go about protecting our medical information now that everything is electronic? Gary said there has been a half million dollars in bank fraud worldwide, but the banks have a way of getting you your money back. When it comes to credit card and identity theft, you get that money back quickly. When it comes to your medical records, the hospitals and insurance companies aren’t set up for a hacking kind of scenario. He said 10% of Americans or 34 million people have had medical record breaches this year and most of them don’t even know it.

Gary said the hackers want to monetize you and medical records are worth ten times more than a credit card. Dr Stork brought up the hacking of actual hospital equipment. He brought up the idea of using palm scans or retinal scans rather than passwords. Gary said if it comes down to using your fingers, you only have ten identifiers, and once one get stolen there’s a risk. He said to use two-factor authentication and encryption. He said if hospitals get proactive, they can encrypt our information, which means encrypting the entire device. Encryption is basically where all the information is taken and changed into a different format that no one would understand but him or certain specialists.

Gary said you don’t want to store your password somewhere obvious either, saying that Sony actually had a file labeled “passwords” with all the passwords in it. Wow! Dr Stork said the amount of information we learned was remarkable, yet people are still using email to send their personal information like passwords or social security numbers, but we should really consider email to be public information. Dr Ordon said “it’s the end of the good-ole days.” Dr Stork said you have to have a plan set to protect yourself.

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