A few keystrokes are all it takes. All of a sudden, your most private information is in the hands of criminals. Your most personal information, banking details, social security numbers, your children's information. Yet, we're not prepared as it gets worse.
Already, our digital over-dependence means that our risk is greater than ever before with new attacks surfacing all the time. Just in case you think hackers can’t get to you, it’s already happened. They’ve already been in your computer, accessing your most vital information.
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 social 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.
Stay tuned for our special report on how to protect yourself from being hacked, in addition to stocks to own on the cybersecurity issue.