LulzSec, the hacking group responsible for the fake Tupac story on PBS, an embarrassing attack on an FBI-affiliated security group and multiple attacks on Sony, is at it again.
On Monday, the group hit Sony yet again, this time breaching its developer network and music entertainment division. LulzSec posted network plans and codes online.
It’s simply the latest in a spate of recent public data breaches, some considerably more serious than others.
On Monday evening, RSA Security admitted that its security token system had been breached and offered to reissue its product to clients. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin had its systems attacked because of the RSA security flaw. And last week, it came to light that unknown hackers believed to be based in China targeted highly placed members of the U.S. government with a phishing scam.
That prompted The Washington Post’s Vivek Wadhwa to ask an important question: What’s the right balance between innovation and security?
Cyber attacks will become the norm, he said, and could ultimately stifle innovation as governments turn a serious eye to more regulation of Internet services.
“We are going to need the same types of security systems for Internet usage as we have for travel at airport,” Wadhwa wrote. “The question is — will the cure be worse than the disease?”
Even without regulation, panic over security breaches could cause technology companies to shy away from untested, possibly innovative ideas. At the same time, going headlong into a without building in security has its obvious risks, as events in recent weeks have shown.
Which of those two concepts — innovation or security — is more important to you? And is there a way to strike the right balance?