Many of us think we can’t be hacked.
We think our data is safe, and that we’ve done everything humanly possible to safeguard all of that information. Multi-billion companies industries think the same thing.
But we’re not protected at all.
In fact, most of us have been hacked. Your most private information has been in the hands of criminals. Your most personal information, banking details, social security numbers, your children’s information have all been exposed.
Unfortunately, our overdependence on computer technology means your risk is far greater than you can imagine with new attacks emerging all the time. Just in case you think hackers can’t get to you, it’s already happened.
In fact, more than 140 Equifax customers just learned that the hard way.
A Hacker Also Gained Access to 100 Million Capital One Credit Card Applications
While you’d think companies were better prepared for such situations, they’re not.
In one of the biggest data breaches in history, more than 100 million Capital One customer accounts and credit card applications were hacked. In fact, according to CNN, Paige Thompson is accused of breaking into the company’s server and accessing 140,000 social security numbers, a million Canadian insurance numbers, and 80,000 bank account numbers.
The company said the hack happened in late March 2019, and said it fixed the vulnerability. The company also noted that it was “unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual,” as quoted by CNN.
While we’re hopeful the hack didn’t cause any long-lasting chaos for customers, it will cost the company between $100 million and $150 million in 2019, says CNBC.