by Tim Hall
A serious technological crime reminds us of a more serious threat.
There are reasons to feel paranoid about who might be looking into our private files.
According to a Wall Street Journal story on February 18, 2010, a major operation has been uncovered. Hands have been discovered reaching into the private files of hundreds of companies. Your information or mine might be involved.
Netwitness, a computer security company, uncovered the scheme. What they found were hackers working from centers in Europe and China, remotely using computers of perhaps millions of unsuspecting users to avoid detection.
More than 2,400 companies have been infiltrated, and the thieves have gained access to credit card transactions and intellectual property.
The story is just breaking, and we’ll know more in days to come. This is not the first incident of identity theft, of course, and it surely won’t be the last.
At stake in situations like these are financial resources. How shocked would we be to find that our bank account that was comfortably stocked yesterday is inexplicably empty today? There are reasons why companies like LifeLock have done so well!
Before computers and the Internet, an even more sinister threat lurked, one that continues even today. Peter wrote about it: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Laugh if you must, but the Bible is a credible book. The threat is real.
Satan does not share God’s qualities of omniscience and omnipotence. There is a limit on what he can do. If anything, though, we underestimate his abilities.
Paul wrote about otherwise intelligent people when he made this observation: “And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:26).
Like naive home computers that have been hijacked for criminal activities by an evil hacker, we are often found letting Satan utilize our minds and bodies for his purposes.
Satan cannot win, however, if we take our stand with Christ. That would mean learning from the Lord how to live wisely: “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Wisdom also means doing God’s will in all things: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Close your eyes and pretend that no one is trying to hack into your personal information. But wouldn’t it be smarter to be proactive? In the same way, believe the Bible when it says the devil is trying to hack his way into your eternal reward.
by Tim Hall