There's A World War Happening Online Right Now. And You Might Be A Mercenary In It.

Feeling a little meh about protecting your online life from hackers? Think you don't have much to hide? Turns out a weak password can accidentally make you a mercenary for malicious organizations and actions in real life. That means by not taking care with your online identity, you could be accidentally shutting down websites with strong independent voices, influencing political events, or silencing opposing voices in media around the world.First, watch this video about exactly how it works, then check out the map below to see where attacks are happening right this second.

This crazy, overwhelming graphic is the path of hackers attacking servers of sites around the world in real time.


Want to prevent yourself from being an unwitting soldier in this weird underground war? Use strong passwords or start using a password recipe (yep, that's the advice we use here at Upworthy from our own Luigi Montanez) and browse more securely by using HTTPS Everywhere, for starters.

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