Target: Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Association (NSA)
Goal: Increase security for ecommerce transactions, to protect the millions of dollars spent online by consumers every year
Every day, thousands of people spend millions of dollars on goods and services obtained through the internet. Amazon.com alone handles about $50 million in sales per day. In spite of this, these enormous companies are still reporting security breaches during which customer information is stolen or otherwise compromised. Just in the last two months, there have been half a dozen security breaches, including the monumental Heartbleed exploit.
Michael’s, one of the country’s most popular craft supplies store, reported in April of 2014 that its servers had been compromised and more than 3 million customer credit card numbers lost to hackers. In the same month, AOL’s email servers were breached and an unknown amount of personal information was compromised.
That same month, a ‘zero day’ flaw was discovered in all versions of the Internet Explorer browser that left users open to attack from malicious viruses and hackers. This flaw had such an impact that Microsoft was even forced to go back and update Windows XP, which it had stopped service for on April 8th. In May, a French telecommunications company lost the information for 1.3 million of its customers due to the actions of hackers, and most recently, auction giant eBay reported that its servers had been breached and customer password information was compromised. The worst part is that eBay waited nearly two weeks after the breech had been discovered to inform its customers.
All of these events have happened in just the past two months. If so much of our commerce takes place on the internet, why aren’t the NSA and U.S Cyber Command doing anything to prevent these malicious attacks? With millions of dollars at stake, shouldn’t there be a taskforce designed to prevent these attacks and to let customers know in a timely manner if a breech occurs? Sign this petition to let the NSA know that we need more security for our ever growing ecommerce-based society.
Dear Director Alexander,
As you are well aware, in the last two months there have been no fewer than six online security breaches where consumer information or credit card data was stolen by malicious hackers. With millions of dollars exchanged on a daily basis, shouldn’t there be some way to keep this information safe? Or at least to inform consumers in a timely manner so they can protect their money and privacy?
We ask that you develop a task force designed to improve ecommerce security, which would provide information to consumers in the event that a breech occurs. We are quickly becoming an internet-based society and we need security to match.
[Your Name Here]
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