Email has been one of the most defining inventions of the modern age, but it’s also given way to a much less appreciated innovation called spam. The most dangerous part of the bigger entities that promote spam is the threat of their databases being hacked. River City Media is a spam operator that has had access to a massive amount of personal information, and they were the subject of a cybersecurity breach that in some way affected a large portion of the world.
Whenever a single person’s confidential information is leaked, something has clearly gone wrong. When River City Media was hacked, 1.37 billion email addresses were exposed. This was a massive breach that can have real life impacts on each of these individuals, and spam messages are no longer the primary threat.
Legality of Spam
As annoying as it is, spam is technically legal. The term “spamming” has come to describe the act of promoting or advertising something to an abrasive degree, but for the most part, it is a legal practice. River City Media runs a legal and legitimate operation, even if it’s in the business of something that people by default don’t want to be part of.
While spamming is legal, hacking any kind of company is not. In today’s day and age, hacking is the informational equivalent of breaking and entering. In addition to exposing more than one billion email accounts, this hack leaked River City Media’s business strategies and employee accounts.