Are You the Next Identity Theft Victim?
Statistically speaking, the answer to the question posed in the title of this piece is yes - and is only a matter of time. All you have to do is the math. Uber announced that 57 million users had their data hacked. Let's just take a look at Uber and the Equifax hack. Added together it is an estimated 190 million people. According to the census data there are 324 million people in the USA. That represents 58% of the population. Now consider the top ten prior to these two being announced.
1. Yahoo (Over 1 billion accounts)
With 1 billion and 500 million accounts compromised in 2013 and 2014 respectively, Yahoo was one of the first major brands that got blown to smithereens by hackers.
In August 2013, an unauthorized third party stole 1 billion user data which included account names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. This breach was discovered in late 2016 and all the affected users were forced to change password and security questions and answers. This breach is considered to be the biggest breach of its kind on the Internet. It is extremely scary and can shake anyone’s trust as Yahoo is one of the most popular browsers.
There was another hit, in the year 2014, discovered in late 2016. Under this attack, 500 million users were victimized. The information compromised included account names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and in some cases encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The only bright side was that the majority of Yahoo!’s passwords used the bcrypt hashing algorithm which is considered difficult to crack, the rest used the older MD5 algorithm which can be broken rather quickly.
2. TJX – 2003 (45.7 million)
3. FriendFinder, 2016 (412 million accounts compromised)
4. Ebay, 2014 (145 million user account compromised)
5. Heartland Payment Systems, 2008-2009 (130 million records compromised)
6. Target Stores, 2013 (110 million records compromised)
7. Sony online entertainment services, 2011 (102 million records compromised)
8. Anthem, 2015 (69 million to 80 million records compromised)
9. Home Depot, 2014 (56 million records compromised)
10. LinkedIn, 2012 (6.5 million accounts compromised)
Convinced yet that you need an identity theft protection plan?