It’s been a busy time for data breaches in the social media world with Myspace, LinkedIn and Twitter all experiencing them. In each of these cases, the cybercriminals behind the breaches were after usernames and passwords. The most commonly used passwords today are, “password” and “123456,” and it only takes a hacker .29 milliseconds to crack them.
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California is known for Hollywood, sunny weather, its beaches, and now, data breaches. The Golden State is the most populous state in America, making it an appealing target to cybercriminals. This information was gathered from the February 2016 California Data Breach Report by the Attorney General of the California Department of Justice.
It is hard to image that over half of a country’s population could fall victim to a data breach, but the reality is, no one is exempt from cyberattacks.
The country of Turkey was hit with a massive data breach in early April 2016, exposing 50 million of its citizens. With 80 million people living in Turkey, the leak impacts more than half the country’s population. The leaked data included the names, addresses, birth dates, and national identification numbers of the victims. The cybercriminal has not yet been identified, but it appears the hacker was motivated by political issues and used the data breach as a way to declare his dissatisfaction with certain political figures.
With 52% of security breaches being caused by human error, it is important to recognize that one of your employees could inadvertently be the cause of your company’s next data breach. This month, SiteLock is supporting Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2016 in an effort to create awareness around the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.
Educating your employees is key to preventing a breach, so here are some best practices to get the ball rolling:
Did you know that stores are likely to keep your name, credit card number, address, email address, and even date of birth stored on file for long periods of time? With information like this sitting idle, it often becomes an easy target for cyber criminals. This month, SiteLock is supporting Data Privacy Day on January 28th to create awareness around the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.
Security breaches are on the rise and this trend is not slowing. Over 750 breaches occurred during 2015 with more than 170 million records exposed. The number of breached data records in 2015 nearly doubled the records breached in 2014.
With 2015 almost over, let’s take a look back at the top 10 largest data breaches of the year. Hopefully your company didn’t make the list!
Make sure you don’t make next years list: visit SiteLock and find the security solution that fits your website.
Want to learn more? Check out the top data breaches that hit the retail industry in 2015.
Waves of widespread, continuous cyber attacks hit the retail sector hard in 2014. Big names, including Home Depot and Michaels, suffered massive data breaches that affected millions of customers. Some experts predicted these hacks would slow in 2015 as new payment systems, such as Apple Pay and credit card chips were introduced. Unfortunately, this simply wasn’t true and this year proved to be no different. Cybercriminals continued their assault on retailers, stealing customer data, including names, addresses, social security numbers and even passport information. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we took a look at this year to reflect on the retailers who were hit the hardest—and to offer up a few lessons learned.
As more consumers shift to online shopping this holiday season, they expect their information to be protected every time they make a purchase. With just weeks left until the holiday season kicks off, now is the time to review your current website security strategy. It is important to ensure you’re well equipped to protect your customers’ data when cyber criminals attack.