The Data Decade: How We Were Bought and Stolen in the 2010's

The Data Decade: How We Were Bought and Stolen in the 2010’s

by Kristina Libby. Popular Mechanics

Our personal information is now the world’s most valuable currency. Can we reclaim it before it’s too late?

It’s been a hell of a decade for your data.

Since 2010, your personal information has been sold on the dark web, stolen by foreign nations (here’s looking at you, China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea), used to swing a number of elections (ahem Russia, but also Facebook), and employed as a way to attack nuclear facilities, hospitals and entire electrical grids.

By 2021, cybercrime alone will be a $6 trillion dollar industry, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, which makes it more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs. Your data has become the new currency of criminals, the new weapons of many shadowy silent wars, and the underlying currency of nearly every major technology company.

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