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Ghosts in the machine
June 1903 London.
Marconi was getting ready to demonstrate his long distance secure Morse code device to a select crowd gathered at the Royal Institute’s Lecture Theatre in London. While Marconi was on a cliff top in Poldhu, Cornwall preparing to send his transmission, physicist John Ambrose Fleming was adjusting the receiver in London. Suddenly, “as if by magic” the receiver began to tap out an unexpected message, “Qui vult decipi, decipiatur” (Let him be deceived who wishes to be deceived).
It transpired that the demonstration had been hacked by inventor/magician Nevil Maskelyne.
To this day hackers highlight flaws in technology and lapses of security just like Maskelyne.
A little mischief has its virtues!
Cybercrime on the other hand, is the sinister side of hacking with potentially devastating effects on businesses.
In recent years there is a great increase on cybercrime incidents. These cyber-attacks have the potential to leak personal data and compromise customer accounts. They can also cause major financial complications that can directly affect your organisation. It is therefore essential that businesses of all sizes are aware of cyber security, how it can affect every day operations and how this can be prevented.