Late last month the Internet was brought to a grinding halt due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack launched from millions of infected web-attached devices. And in international news, US officials formally accused Russia of attempting to subvert the US elections via hacking.
I spent eight years fighting pay TV hackers for broadcasters such as DirecTV, BSkyB, and STAR TV back when I worked at News Digital Systems, and during that time, I learned a few things about cyber security that I believe are relevant today:
1. Hackers have budgets and business plans. Hollywood has taught us to think of hackers as misfit socialists and lonely anarchists out to destroy our capitalistic society.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Hackers have business plans, and they hack systems that will make them the most money. In the pay TV world, this means the more viewers a broadcaster attracts, the more …