A server "misconfiguration" was blamed for allowing the data to be accessible online.
He can use your computer to send spam, or hack other computers, or spread malware, or hide his location, or do anything.
And if he’s any good as a hacker, he can do almost all of what I just described without you noticing. That’s why people like me harp so hard on staying safe in the first place.
In other words, can a hacker see my screen and record my video call with my friends and show our faces at the same time?
While this does seem like a very specific scenario and a very specific concern, I want to address it because it’s a fine example of what a lot of people just don’t seem to realize, something that’s very important about the nature of hacking, malware.
Data compromised usually included names, emails, and physical addresses, and even personal bank details, ethnicity data, and phone numbers. 2017 has already been dominated by numerous data breaches and the most recent security incident has seen AA accidentally expose tonnes of user data online.