2009 Security Breaches and Database Breaches

Monday, February 4th, 2013 @ 8:24PM

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In the last five years, approximately 500 million records containing personal identifying information of United States residents stored in government and corporate databases was either lost or stolen. Since little attention was given to database breaches prior to 2005, it is safe to assume that every man, woman and child has had their personal information exposed at more than once. In fact, many citizens have received multiple notification letters informing them that their personal information has been lost or stolen.

We will likely see 2009 security breaches resulting in the same past practice where security breach notification letters will insist there is no evidence the breach has resulted in any harm. Unfortunately, there is no longer any doubt that personal information stolen from databases is being used by organized identity thieves to commit crimes involving identity fraud.

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