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Report: Nearly 200 Million Records Compromised In Q1
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BobH088
BobH088,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/2/2014 | 10:53:44 AM
solution
One of the most common causes of data getting in the wrong hands is the loss of mobile devices that often contain a frightening amount of private information. I want to share a protection option that worked for me. Tracer tags (mystufflostandfound.com) let someone who finds your lost stuff contact you directly without exposing your private information.  I use them on almost everything I take when I travel like my phone, passport and luggage after one of the tags was responsible for getting my lost laptop returned to me in Rome one time.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
5/1/2014 | 5:06:08 PM
Re: Confusing description of the amount of records breached
Yes, you would think these numbers would spur some action..We'll see.
Duane T
Duane T,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/1/2014 | 12:13:44 PM
Confusing description of the amount of records breached
"the pace of compromised data in Q1 amounted to approximately 93,000 records per hour"

Does that mean the average was 93,000 records per hour, or that we're on pace to reach that level? I was left looking for additional follow up, as I usually see a continued "size of problem" explanation that might be even scarier "if this rate of increase continues, we'll reach 1B records" or some other scary figure.

Why does this matter? Sometimes such a summary puts the figure into a perspective that can spur action.  The previous commentor knows exactly where this goes, since 1B records would mean that every US cititzen would have their records stolen 3 times. That may or may not happen, however, this is a very possible outcome of the tread from this article. I don't know what it will take but these numbers should spur deeper and more serious thinking about security for retailers and other firms.
Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
5/1/2014 | 10:28:41 AM
Tip of the iceberg
What is amazing to me is this is just the numbers that were reported.  Many times when a breach occurs the organization covers up the incident rather than reporting it.  Other times, a breach occurs and no one notices.

To put this number into perspective, lets imagine that each of the 200 million records was a unique record for someone living in the USA.  That would mean that 63% of all Americans had a compromised record in the first quarter of this year.


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