iPhone Hacking – Part 2
Well, looks like Parkman Blanch told you so.
During the 2012 London Olympics, new technology was used to transmit data through a piece called near-field communications (NFC). This chip sends data over short distances between one mobile device and another if they are NFC-equipped devices. Hackers may have found the perfect storm of a window of opportunity and all they have to do is take to the streets. The marriage of phone and wallet are now met with Jetson-like technology of “bumping” data by a simple passerby. This won’t be the first time we could hear about compromised system. In a recent report, hackers cracked the code to an FBI laptop and stole critical data. They have now crossed what was once thought of as the Fort Knox of impenetrable firewall. Now that public and government networks have been breached, does the consumer market and government go back to caveman days of paper files?
Technology boosts the efforts of both government and criminals. Hackers who have learned about iPhone 5 might be chomping at the bit when they find out that prescription drugs just stepped into their backyard. Just when legislation is passed to protect the abuse of prescription drugs, technological advances seem to give cyber-criminals the upper hand. While both are pervasive in the US, Governor Cuomo of New York seeks to be a leader in putting a headlock on criminals who falsify identity for pharmaceuticals. The law eliminates the need for paper prescriptions from the doctor through Streamlined Prescription Monitoring Program (I-STOP) and the modernization of DoH’s Prescription Monitoring Program Registry. But does this create a nightmare for a government agency to monitor while at the same time making consumers vulnerable to fraud that carries heavier legal ramifications? In a time when prescriptions are now e-prescriptions, security is on the forefront of the consumers’ minds. The recent news of Apple’s claim to being the richest business in the US shouldn’t surprise anyone with that they have introduced a new feature on their iPhone 5.
While healthcare effectiveness is advancing as fast as technology, the government may have just entered a mud puddle of insurmountable proportions by the possible increase of tracking IP addresses and e-transactions. Will iPhone 5 hackers lead the headlines until the next piece of legislation or will technology protect consumers and the government?