Identity theft is one of the most prevalent consumer crimes in the United States.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, over nine million individuals, over the age of 16, have their identities stolen every year. Companies are being sued for millions of dollars as a result of a data breach. As if this is not devastating enough, the loss of customers / clients will take a further toll on the chance to survival.
It’s not just a big business problem. Small and mid-sized businesses with fewer data security resources are particularly vulnerable.
US Securities and Exchange Commission says that 60% of companies are likely to shut down within six months after a data breach. Will your company’s or your personal finances be strong enough to deal with it?
Quora discovered the breach on November 30, 2018 and made the announcement on December 13, 2018.
Approximately 100 million of its 300 million users’s names, email addresses, encrypted passwords and public content (questions, answers and comments). No sensitive data (credit card, SSN) is collected on the site. and
Quora is working rapidly to investigate the situation and taking appropriate steps to prevent future incidents.
Announcement was made on November 30, 2018.
As many as 500 million guests from Marriott International hotel properties (Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Four Points, Aloft, Meridien, Tribute, Design Hotels, Elements and the Luxury Collection). Breached data may go back to 2014.
Marriott has a dedicated website and call center to deal with questions and has notified legal and regulatory authorities. The company is also attempting to reach out to affected customers and offer them one year of free web watcher service that monitors sites where hackers swap and sell stolen personal information.
Data Breach happened between October 4-14, 2018.
HSBC sent notifications to those who were compromised and offered them one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
Announced by Facebook on September 28, 2018,
Nearly 50 million of its users has been effected when hackers took over users accounts.
Facebook fixed the vulnerability and notified law enforcement officials. They also logged 90 million users out of their accounts, forcing them to log back in, a solid safety measure for compromised accounts.
We also recommend that you are proactive and change your passwords (make sure they are secure!) for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp (all owned by Facebook).
In the Summer of 2018, Macy’s informed customers of a two-month data breach that happened between April 26th and June 12th, 2018
Online customers of Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com (they didn’t specify how many but said it was a “small number of customers.” that was affected.
Macy’s has contacted and is providing consumer protection services for customers who were potentially impacted.
On June 28, 2018, Adidas says it became aware of a potential security breach that happened on June 26th.
A few million consumers is affected
Adidas Began taking steps to alert relevant consumers and is working with data firms and law enforcement to investigate the issue.
On May 11, 2018, Chili’s parent company Brinker learned about a data breach which happened between March and April 2018.
Customers who dined in certain restaurants (as of May they haven’t identified which of their 1,600 locations or how many people it affected).
They are working with law enforcement officials to investigate the issue. The company also said they are working to provide credit monitoring services for customers who may have had their data stolen.
On April 3, 2018, it was reported that customer information may have been compromised on Panera Bread’s website for eight months.
Customers who signed up to order food via PaneraBread.com are affected
Names, email addresses, physical addresses, birthdays, ordering habits, food preferences, last four digits of payment card numbers of customers who signed up to order food via PaneraBread.com are at stake.
The data has been removed from Panera’s website. The investigation is still ongoing and Panera has yet to release a formal statement on the matter.
Saks Fifth Avenue became aware of a security issue on April 1, 2018
More than 5 million Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor customers in North America are affected.
The company has looked into and taken steps to contain the issue and believes there is no risk to shoppers.
Under Armor was notified on March 25, 2018, that the breach took place during February of 2018
It affected Approximately 150 million user accounts
Under Armour is requiring all My Fitness Pal users to change their password and update any accounts which use similar passwords to the app. They are also encouraging users to monitor suspicious activity and are working with law enforcement officials and a data security firm to investigate the breach.
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