Technology Headlines: Big 3 Data Breaches

  1. Equifax Breach: Leading the way in breaking news, the credit reporting company made headlines after announcing that they had suffered a major breach that could impact up to 200,000 people in the United States. Hackers gained access to Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers and other confidential personal information.
  2. Nationwide Insurance Company receives a bill: After a lawsuit brought forward by 32 states claiming personal information was compromised in a data breach, Nationwide agreed to pay a $5.5 million settlement.
  3. Taxpayer Ransomware Email Scam: An email containing logos from both the IRS and FBI prompted recipients to download a questionnaire, which contains the ransomware. The goal of the ransomware scam is to take your computer data hostage.