More than 250,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees along with individuals involved in on-going DHS criminal investigations, including witnesses, had their personally identifiable information (PII) compromised in a data breach that was revealed after 8 months knowledge by DHS!
Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information -- including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses. Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29. The data breach is one of the worst ever, by its reach and by the kind of information exposed to the public.
You know what that sound means. It’s a hacker trying to break in through your front door. They want to reach your network, which is securing valuable data. So how do you stop them? You spend thousands of dollars, maybe more, to create a fortress-like defense to prevent the criminals from crashing the front gates -- and gaining access to the keys of the castle.
y: Craig Hoffman, JDSupra Business Advisor Many have heard that “it is not a matter of if a company will be attacked, but when.” Statements like this used to be met with skepticism – companies would say we do not have information hackers want, we outsource our security so we have no risk, or the IT department said it will never happen to us.
Hackers often carry out massive cyberattacks to gain access to financial data through banks and retail companies, but this week's cybercrime hit a seemingly new target: medical data, taken from the health insurance company Premera Blue Cross. The attack affected 11 million patients, making it the largest cyberattack involving medical information to date.