By now it feels familiar as well as creepy: data breaches, often massive. Millions of Americans affected. Private information stolen, consequences unknown. What’s going on? The answer is, no one knows except the hackers, and they aren’t talking.
First, some facts. Three separate health insurance companies have reported massive breaches of their record-keeping systems, involving millions of customers: 1.1 million at CareFirst, up to 11 million at Primera, 79 million at Anthem. Even the Internal Revenue Service reports that more than 100,000 files were hacked.
And that’s just the hacks reported. At a recent conference of cyber-security professionals, 20 percent said they had worked at companies that hid security breaches. Has your personal information — Social Security number, health information, other information — been hacked so that criminals now have it? Not unlikely, and if it hasn’t been it may well be before too long. Continue reading at the New Haven Register....
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