Hacker News article Cable management companies like Cablevision and Comcast are trying to sell their customers to the highest bidder, with cable TV and Internet subscriptions costing about $30 per month or more.
But they’ve also become targets for hackers.
A few years ago, the company that owns the largest cable operator in the country, Comcast, had its cable networks hacked.
Cable managers are being targeted too, as are their websites and phone numbers.
In December, the U.S. Justice Department warned Comcast and its cable operators that hackers were targeting them.
The Department also told Comcast to make sure it has an adequate cybersecurity team, but not everyone in cable management is so confident that hackers are after them.
And Comcast itself recently told the Wall Street Journal that hackers have been targeting it and its executives in the past.
What can you do?
Hackers have been attacking Comcast and other cable companies for years, according to cybersecurity experts, who say it’s a matter of time before they target the cable industry itself.
“They’re going to have to start paying attention,” said Andrew Graham, an associate professor at Georgia Tech who studies cybercrime.
Graham said that even though Comcast has not been hacked, its security is inadequate and has a history of lapses in cybersecurity.
“I think that is something that is likely to be a priority for cable companies,” he said.
“If you don’t do that, the next thing you’ll see is a lot of other companies doing that.”
You can read more about the cable management industry from the Associated Press here.