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TECHNOLOGY REPORT - A False Sense of Security on the Internet?

作者:June Simms 发布日期:5-9-2011

Sony Computer Entertainment executives bow in apology for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network
Sony Computer Entertainment executives bow in apology for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network

This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.

Sony officials held a news conference last week in Tokyo.

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They apologized for the theft of personal information from millions of users of the company's online services. Hackers targeted Sony's PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment and Qriocity music systems. In all, Sony says information may have been stolen from more than one hundred million accounts.

The data includes information like names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdates. In some cases, even credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen.

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the cyber attacks.

Sony shut down its PlayStation Network on April twentieth. The company is being criticized for not telling its users about the stolen information until a week later. Sony has also been criticized for not making its accounts more secure by encrypting the data. Sony officials say they have now taken steps to improve security.

Peter Warren is chairman of the Cyber Security Research Institute in London. His group studies technology crimes and their effects on our computer-dependent world. Mr. Warren points out that what happened at Sony is not rare.

PETER WARREN: "We've seen a number of very large companies that have suffered some tremendously embarrassing losses of data. So I actually think that it's a learning curve for everybody."

The problem, says Mr. Warren, is that there is far more interest in developing technology than in keeping it safe.

PETER WARREN: "There is a very real issue with the onward speed of technological progress and the fact that lots and lots of people are being allowed to connect a lot of technology up before it's really been particularly well-tested."

Peter Warren also points out that many people have a false sense of security on the Internet.

PETER WARREN: "If they're walking down the street, they have many of their senses with them and they're very, very aware of strangers. On the Internet they seem to be so blindly trusting of anybody and of any website, no matter how suspicious it may look."

His message to users is simple: try to be more careful online.

PETER WARREN: "Everybody just really needs to be aware that the Internet is just like any other street and there are some twists and turns that can take you in to some very, very unsavory places."

And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Have you ever been the victim of a cyber crime or know someone who has? Tell us at www.unsv.com. I'm Christopher Cruise.

网友的学习评论(14条):
作者:瑞姣
5-9-2011 18:7:36
Technology crime sounds far away from me, but after reading this passage, I think people are so easily attacked by such cyber crimes.With the internet become so reachable and acceptable to people, definitely it brings us much convenience,we can do nearly everything through this cyber lines and intangible product or service information.However, dangers exists everywhere.
作者:ouyang
5-9-2011 22:58:58
Everyday i recevied a lot of junk mails,beacuse my e-mail account was theft.I hate cyber crime.
作者:ben151
5-9-2011 23:31:55
I don't understand the japanese
作者:杨彦林
5-10-2011 8:51:55
avoid putting any private information online or one day you might encounter "cyber manhunt"
作者:阿钦
5-10-2011 14:2:47
Everything has pros and cons!
作者:rain
5-11-2011 20:15:41
The internet just like any other street and there are some twist and turns that can take you on very unsavory places.
作者:stephanie
5-14-2011 21:47:32
convenience meets cheat.
作者:lvjiaying1984
5-22-2011 19:0:41
China is running into the same problems, because the number of computer users with online services is increasing steadily. China has the second largest number of computer users most of which have been accessed to online services which can provide them with nearly everything they want. Like what is said in the article, people are not aware the dangers that their names, addresses, phone numbers, and even credits might be stolen from the online services.
作者:lvjiaying1984
5-22-2011 19:8:16
People just think it is safe to keep the private information on the network which is quite wrong. People all over the world should change their ideas about what will happen to their private information which they think will keep safe on the Internet. In order to change the situation, you had better follow the instructions below. To begin with, it is much easier and much better to keep your information on a hard disk which is not connected to the web,
作者:lvjiaying1984
5-22-2011 19:13:17
making it unable to be invaded through the Internet. And the second is to keep your password complicated enough not to be cracked.Associating numbers and letters when you decide a password is usually a little safer. Don't use your names, your telephone numbers, your birthdates and something like these when you decide to change your password. And third, you should make it sure that the person you are talking with through chatting tools is a person the identity of whom you can ensure,
作者:lvjiaying1984
5-22-2011 19:15:31
so when he sends information asking you to open a strange website, you are sure you haven't been cheated into the false website with the help of which the hackers can steel your information. And furthermore, change your passwords as often as possible though if frequently changed, it might make it a little harder to memorize the password.
作者:jsshd
5-30-2011 16:13:36
the Internet is just like any other street and there are some twists and turns that can take you in to some very, very unsavory places
作者:yuanqiou098
9-16-2011 13:49:11
It's surely interesting.Sony has lost a lot this time.It must have bring the economy of the Japan down.And the sony company can't survive long.But I wonder why do they don't say it earlier.
作者:snowwolfljb
12-27-2011 20:1:9
use different code in different web, by the way, only youself know the rule between them
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