Have You Had Data Exposed in One of These Recent Data Breaches

Have You Had Data Exposed in One of These Recent Data Breaches

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There’s a reason that browsers like Edge  have added breached password notifications. Data breaches are an unfortunate  part of life. And can have costly consequences for individuals. Hackers can  steal identities and compromise bank accounts, just to name a couple.

Cybercriminals breach about 4,800 websites every month  with form jacking code. It has become all too common to hear of a large hotel  chain or social media company exposing customer data.

Hackers can breach your personal  information and passwords without you knowing it. And the time from breach to  notification of the breach can be lengthy. One example is the data breach of  CafePress. This is a popular online retailer that prints personalized items.

CafePress suffered a data breach in  February 2019. That breach exposed millions of names and addresses, security  questions, and more. Hackers also breached social security numbers that  weren’t encrypted.

As mentioned, the breach happened in February.  But many consumers weren’t notified until late summer. The FTC recently took action against the  company. This was due to its careless security practices.

The point is that months or years can go by  without you knowing about compromised data. Unless you happen to look at the  right website, you may not even realize it. Those breached password features  in browsers are helpful. But what if you have other information beyond a  password compromised?

It’s best to protect yourself with some  knowledge. We’ll help by listing several recent breaches. If you’ve  interacted with any of these companies, you’ll want to take steps to protect  yourself from the fallout.

Recent Breaches of Personal Information  That May Impact You

Microsoft  Customer Data Breach

On October 19, 2022, Microsoft announced  a breach that exposed customer data. A misconfigured server was to blame. The  breach exposed certain business transaction data. It’s thought that this  breach could have affected more than 65,000 entities worldwide.

2.5  Million Records Exposed in a Student Loan Breach

Did you get a student loan from EdFinancial  and the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority (OSLA)? If so, you could be in  trouble. The organizations notified impacted individuals by letter in July  2022.

The personal information at risk included:

·          Social security numbers:

·          Email addresses

·          Home addresses

·          Phone numbers.

The breach compromised the data of over 2.5 million loan  recipients.

U-Haul Data  Breach of 2.2 Million Individuals’ Data

Large rental firm U-Haul is  a household name. It also just had a major data breach. It notified clients  in August of 2022 of a compromise of some rental contracts. The contacts in  question were between November 5, 2021, and April 5, 2022.

The breach exposed names, driver’s license  numbers, and state identification numbers. It affected over 2.2 million  individuals that rented vehicles from the company.

Neopets  Breach May Have Compromised 69 Million Accounts

You wouldn’t suspect a cute site like  Neopets to be a cybersecurity risk. But users of the platform got a rude  awakening due to a breach of the service. An estimated 69 million accounts may  have had emails and passwords leaked.

The full stolen Neopet database and copy of  the source code were being offered for sale for about $94,500.

One  Employee Computer Causes a Marriott Breach

Hotel giant Marriott suffered another breach in  July 2022. It blamed a single unsecured employee computer. About 300-400  individuals had data leaked. This data included credit card numbers and other  confidential information.

Unfortunately, the company shows a pattern  of poor cybersecurity.  Within the last four years, it has suffered three separate breaches. That’s  enough to want to pay in cash or use a pre-paid card if you stay there.

Shield  Health Care Group Exposes Up to 2 Million Records

In March of 2022, Shield Health Care Group  detected a breach. This Massachusetts-based company found that hackers  breached up to 2 million customer records.  This includes medical records, social security numbers, and other sensitive  personal data.

Flagstar  Bank Takes 6 Months to Identify Individuals Affected in a Breach

In December of 2021, Flagstar Bank suffered  a breach. It wasn’t until 6 months later that it  identified the individuals affected. And the impact was large. It included  exposed social security numbers. The hack impacted about 1.5 million  customers.

8.2 million  Current and Former Customers of Block Compromised

Block was formerly known as Square, a  popular payment processing platform. It announced in April of 2022 that it was breached the previous  December. A former employee accessed customer names and brokerage account  numbers. Some accounts also had other stock trading information  accessed.  

About 8.2 million current and former  customers had their data exposed.

Crypto.com  Breach Nets Hackers Over $30 Million

Cryptocurrency may be hot at the moment,  but it’s very susceptible to cyberattacks. In January 2022, over 483 users had their  Crypto.com wallets breached.

The criminals made it past two-factor  authentication, which is usually quite effective. They stole about $18  million in bitcoin and $15 million in Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.


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Article used with permission from The Technology Press.