I am so sick of organizations we trust getting their computer databases breached. If they were to actually spend the money securing their databases, well, it would be nice, right? And can we really pay someone to “protect” us from the evils of Identity Theft? Is Lifelock worth it? (See my last paragraph for that one)
As far as data theft and breaches go, Sony was a huge breach, but that was more of an inside look at how Hollywood works.Â Target made the news big time, and hopefully they’ve stitched up their leak. But then there were these other big time data breaches:
- Blue Cross (Names, birthdays, email addresses, addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, member identification numbers, bank account information and medical claims information),
- Anthem (Names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data),
- Chick-fil-A (Customer payment card numbers (reportedly)),
- US Postal Service (Names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, employment dates and emergency contact information),
- Staples (Customer payment card numbers),
- Kmart (Customer payment card numbers),
- Dairy Queen (Customer payment card numbers),
- Home Depot (Customer payment card numbers),
- P.F. Chang’s (Customer payment card numbers)…
Well, you get the idea. People and organizations we trust are losing our data. Data that can lead to identity theft.
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It’s one thing when a dump like Ashley Madison gets breached, so be it, that’s like Karma. (Best quote I’ve seen related to this breach was something akin to, “It feels horrible getting your data breached and out there, almost like a violation of your trust!“)Â But over the last few years, places like Target, and now with the OPM data breach, it is disgusting how little emphasis is put upon protecting the data you trust to these businesses with, while they eyeball the bottom dollar.
When I was a network admin, I was once told by a higher up that IT “is a necessary evil.” Which I translated to “IT is needed but the costs are not wanted.”
In 2014 there were 783 data breaches, with the Medical/Healthcare industry being 42% of them, the Business sector accounted for 33% and the Government/Military accounted for 11% of them.
Then in April 2015 the OPM.gov site reported being breached, declaring records for 4.2 million people were compromised. It was later noted that another breach, in May/June of 2015 nailed more folks, making it 21 million people in their database who had their sensitive information, including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) stolen during this breach. Of these 21 million folks, it includes almost 2 million spouses or co-habitants of the folks in the OPM system.
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In case you don’t know, The OPM is “The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM)” and is an independent agency that manages the civil service of the federal government. Or, if you want to put it all out on the table, they process the paperwork for folks who get their government clearances, who work in the defense and other related industries.
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