Hacked Again by Scott N Schober
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found Scott Schober and the details of his book “Hacked Again” by way of Twitter. And it caught my eye, especially when I noticed, directly under the title it read: “It can happen to anyone even a cybersecurity expert.” Okay, now I was totally looking over the details of this book cover to cover, and even made an attempt to contact Scott, and gave him the details of my blog.
He responded, and said he would love to have me read and review his book. And then he asked for my address. I was like what? My home address? Now I was even more excited, because not very often does someone want to send out a real life paperback anymore, least wise without making you enter contests, do this, that, and you know—work for it. Needless to say, I gave him my address and anxiously awaited the arrival of my book of knowledge.
Once the book came, the first thing I noticed about it, was Scott made a glossary. Now that was intriguing. For those of us who aren’t experts, and wonder what a ‘pen test’ is, he explains. I am one who had no idea what one is. And in case you don’t know, I will explain since I did bring it up to those of you following along.
Definition of a pen test: A colloquial term for penetration test or penetration testing. If you still don’t know, don’t be alarmed. There is no quiz in this review, or in the book, I promise. LOL
Anyway, I read this book cover to cover, twice honestly. I wanted to be certain I caught a few things, in case I missed something.
You see, Scott Schober is a CEO of one of the top wireless security firms. No, that isn’t where or how he started, but through the thick of it, it is how he learned and grew, and even learned. Those who create mayhem, hack, create bugs and viruses, and even cyber attack, and cyber bully people and companies, are internet criminals. Some get caught, and some don’t. These people live on the dark web, and victimize anyone and everyone without a care in the world.
Scott Schober has even been victimized, not once, but several times. You may think that just because someone is a security expert that they know the ins and outs, and that this kind of things doesn’t happen to them, but guess what?! It does. You go to bed one night with thousands and wake up the next in the hole. Where did it all go? What happened? Where did he go wrong?
Through watching and learning, Scott sets up accounts, watches, learns, and educates himself. He changes banking institutions, and even checks into their own employees, and data entry, and more. But still, the only place he feels his money is safe, is in his own hands, or even in his mattress. Scott is learning banks are not the safest place for his money.
Scott researches, he learns even more of hacks and breaches. There are several banks, (I am not going to mention them in this, for their protection, and mine.) who have issues. These banks seem to know they have issues, but yet do nothing, because they are big enough to what? (My question here? Big enough to what? Not care? It’s a write off? What?)
Banks hire employees, run credit checks, and do everything they can to make sure your money is safe. Your money is also FDIC protected, which means it is insured.
When hackers gain access to your money, and the bank has to replace it, obviously it must be quick and easy, because I personally have had it happen several times, and without question it was replaced in two days with one bank, and twenty four hours with another. The one banks fraud department was already aware of the case, that one was the case that was going on already, the twenty four hour one, saying others had already filed. The other, the two day one, I provided my info, and they claimed they had to investigate. The longest I have ever had to wait myself, for a fraud claim was a week. I have never had a fraud claim denied, ever. This to me, is sad and pathetic.
The fraud departments, which were added, because of hackers, and the dark web, were created because of these Criminals, and sure- it’s making more jobs for the unemployed. (For now, until that goes robotic.) But these things are all being added, and more things keep being added to banks because of hackers, and the internet, and crime, and criminals. So honestly- will our money ever be safe again?
Long ago I watched a movie, or maybe a TV show. I can’t remember what or which it was. But there internet, and electronic devices, and the web, everything went out, like it was back to the dark ages. Those that didn’t have their money out of the machines, were screwed. Meaning, if you had no cash in hand, you had no money- period. And a lot of people believe that. When they were promising us that the year 2000, or 2001- you know the millennium was going to cause the world to end, or some kind of problems for us, some expected the computers to stop working then. Because of issues like this, yes. There are many people who do have cash in hand, and are prepared. This is a wise suggestion, as you will see, when you read Scott’s book. It is better to be a little prepared, then not at all.
This book "Hacked Again" looks at ways to protect your monies, ways things can happen, and even explained how it did happen to Scott Schober, a professional cybersecurity expert. This book will enlighten you, make you wonder, and then make you rethink your possibilities. You will be glad that you read it, and you will want to share it with others, so they can learn, and be informed as well. It is a five star read, very educational, and informative. The book in itself, "Hacked Again" will teach you things, even if it is only one thing, I promise you it will be one thing you did not know. I am glad I read it, and this book will never be dusty, because I will always go through it, and check things out in it every so often, and share it and its info with others. You truly need to get your copy of “Hacked Again” if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it, in this day and age, trust me.
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