If you are one of the Akron taxpayers whose personal information was compromised in a cyber attack last week, you know the inconvenience and unease. Best to take seriously the advice of city officials, and watch carefully your accounts.
If you are not among the victims, consider yourself fortunate. Such cyber attacks are part of our lives, the Financial Times reporting Monday that criminal networks of hackers pose a greater threat to multinational companies than state-sponsored cyber attacks. The New York Times led its Monday edition with a report on how a cyber unit of the Chinese army appears to have resumed attacks on American firms and government agencies.
An organization called Turkish Ajan is suspected of hacking into the Akron system, posting on a website credit-card and other financial information. These are not the kinds of strikes in which lives are lost. They do, nonetheless, cause disruptions, eroding confidence in information systems that increasingly are crucial to daily routines.
Thus, it makes sense: The security must be top-notch, and officials ever vigilant in seeking to stay ahead of the hackers and in having a response plan to aid those taxpayers who are victims. No one wants a city or any other public agency to spend excessively. Yet the resources must be sufficient to provide the necessary protection.