Experts: Cyber risks detailed in leak are the new normal (WABE 90.1 FM)


'Any device connected to the web can be breached,' cautions Kennesaw State's Humayun Zafar

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 9, 2017) — WikiLeaks just released thousands of pages it says details how the CIA spies on people using their smartphones, smart TVs and other devices.

In Georgia, a hub for cyber security companies and the U.S. military's cyber command operations, experts say it’s the new normal.

Professor Humayun Zafar, who teaches cybersecurity at Kennesaw State University, said the only way to be sure you're not being monitored is to unplug your devices completely. 

"Any device connected to the web can be breached. It doesn't matter how secure it is today," Zafar said. "But tomorrow there could be a zero-day attack and it could be rendered useless."

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