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OK, I Get It, None of My Data is Safe. But I Did Something Nasty that Helps a Lot

Friday, March 3, 2017 15:55
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents. / by Wolf Richter / Mar 3, 2017

Healthcare providers, insurers, colleges, tax accountants… have your crown jewels. They get hacked all the time.

The big data breaches at Yahoo and Target make headlines. In fact, Yahoo’s data breaches, rejuvenated by new disclosures, can’t seem to get out of the headlines. If you use Yahoo with an alias and a fake date of birth, your exposure is limited. If your data is compromised at a retailer, if might include your credit card data, but not normally your date of birth or Social Security number. But if your data is compromised at a healthcare provider, insurer, a university (happened to me), or tax accountant, the hackers gained access to your crown jewels. Those data breaches occur all the time – though they might not make the news.

This year through February 28, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 240 data breaches in the US with 1.1 million records “known” as compromised – though the number of records actually compromised is much higher (more in a moment). The ITRC report divides them in five categories. Note the top two:

  • Medical/healthcare: 64 breaches, 569,364 records (51.7% of total)
  • Business (excl. banking/financial): 120 breaches, 464,540 records (42.2% of total)
  • Government/Military: 13 breaches, 39,232 records (3.6% of total)
  • Educational: 13 breaches, 39,232 records (2.6% of total)
  • Banking/financial: 2 breaches, 0 records “known”


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