From fast-food chains to local government agencies, it seems no one is immune when it comes to cyber crimes and hacking.
Experts predict we will see a lot more of it in 2013. Channel 9 learned about some of the new methods that are being used to strike and the potential targets.
The Tin Kitchen Food truck marked its one-year anniversary on Jan. 17 by launching a new website. Customers can order and pay for deliveries online. Owner David Stuck practically runs his business on his iPad, taking credit cards, processing cash, tracking sales and storing accounting files.
But small businesses like the Tin Kitchen may be increasingly targeted by cyber criminals and hackers in 2013. Special Agent Colleen Moss with the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force explained one of the main reasons why.
"Smaller businesses typically don't have the money to employ a full-time IT person," she said.
This means they are less likely to check for technology upgrades, virus protection updates or any malicious software on a daily basis, making them an easy target for hackers.
Moss said larger companies and agencies could see more "spearphishing." That is when hackers email bad links to specific people within a company in hopes of breaching the company's entire system.
We could also see more "hacktivism." That is when hackers post messages or images on someone else's website.
We saw that earlier this month, when images of Iran popped up on two government-related websites in York County.
"It's literally just to prove a point, that they can do it,” Moss said.
Cyber criminals are creative and Moss said you have to take steps to stay ahead of them.
"I don't have to be the most secure, most locked-down company on the Internet, I just have to (be) more secure than most everyone else," said Moss.
Stuck is doing that by using technology with lots of built-in safeguards, and he has a full-time IT person on staff.
"We are small, but I'd like to think we make every effort to secure our info for our customers,” he said.