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Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing

by Erik Briceno

Ransomware may have been dominating the news cycle over the last couple of months, but data breaches are also occurring at a similar frequency. To this day, we’re still feeling the fallout from the Equifax breach, even though that was all the way back in May of 2017.

While we’re still dealing with the consequences from that, what’s been happening since then? Glad you asked. Let’s take a look.

Capital One Data Breach

On July 30th of this year, Capital One was in the news for an incredibly huge breach of data that affected (and is currently affecting) over 100 million people. One hundred million credit card applications, 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers were stolen. In a nutshell, if you applied for a card in the US between 2005 and 2019, you are likely — and unfortunately — part of the breach.

Capital One said that no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were exposed. However, the breach still contained names, addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses and birth dates.

StockX Data Breach

In the first week of August of this year, StockX announced that their sneaker and streetwear buying platform had been hacked, and an unauthorized user was able to gain access to customer data. StockX said it has immediately updated its system’s security, reset all customer passwords and alerted them about the change, as well as taken other measures. It also recommended customers who use their StockX passwords for other accounts to change those passwords too.

What data was actually taken, and how many customers are affected? At the time of writing, the investigation is still being carried out. If it’s anything like most data breaches, though, StockX customers are likely going to want to monitor their personal credit for quite a while.

CafePress Data Breach

The very same week in August as the StockX data breach, it was announced in various data breach news sites that popular t-shirt and custom merchandise website CafePress also experienced one. The breach itself took place on Feb. 20 and compromised a total of 23,205,290 accounts. The exposed data included 23 million unique email addresses, with some records also including names, passwords, physical addresses and phone numbers.

It’s interesting to note that the news broke first on information resource sites such as Have I Been Pwned, rather than CafePress themselves. In fact, at the time of writing this article, there still has not been any public disclosure on the matter from CafePress.

Another Day, Another Data Breach. What Now?

Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a ThingAt the rate we’re currently going, there’s no real end in sight. Many people have simply resigned to the fact that nothing stored online is truly secure. But there are practices organizations can adopt to mitigate or even outright prevent damage to their customers. And until companies are held accountable in a consistent and effective way, the responsibility is largely going to continue to fall on the consumer — even though there’s not a whole lot an individual can do besides subscribe to password managers and multi-factor authentication. And that certainly isn’t a catch-all by any means.

The question then becomes: “What kind of company do you want to be?” How much do you really value your customers?

We’re here to help you do the right things.

 

Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing
Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing