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4 Major Data Breaches of 2016

December 15, 2016

Unfortunately, there have been quite a few data breaches at major companies across the country in 2016. The silver lining to this is that by familiarizing yourself with how and why these breaches occurred, you can better safeguard your own small-to-medium business against similar attacks. With this in mind, our Bucks County IT security company would like to give you details on some of the biggest data breaches of the year: 

  1. Snapchat – In March, cybercriminals managed to trick an employee at Snapchat into giving them the private data of 700 current and former Snapchat associates via email. In order to do so, the hacker impersonated Evan Spiegel, a chief executive at Snapchat, and requested sensitive employee information such as names, payroll data and Social Security numbers. This type of phishing scheme can be classified as Business Email Compromise, which we covered a few posts back.
  2. Verizon Enterprise Solutions – Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which provides IT assistance and data breach recovery services, suffered from a data breach of its own earlier this year. Hackers got a hold of sensitive information regarding 1.5 million of the company's customers and began selling it on an underground cybercrime forum. After this was discovered, Verizon Enterprise Solutions closely examined their network and identified the security flaw that allowed the hackers to infiltrate it. Since then, they have been working to notify customers whose information was stolen about the breach.
  3. Philippine Commission on Elections – At the end of March, the personal information of everyone who voted in the Philippines (about 55 million people) was compromised and published in an online database. This resulted in public concern about the huge risk for identity theft. Furthermore, it exposed the need for the commission to implement greater security measures.
  4. Weebly – In October, Weebly discovered that the private data of more than 43 million of their users had been stolen in February. Among this data was IP information, email addresses, usernames and passwords. Luckily, the company found no evidence of financial information being compromised. Plus, the hackers responsible for the attack were unable to access customer accounts directly due to Weebly's bcrypt hashing password protection.

Hopefully, learning about these recent data breaches will encourage you to amp up the security measures taken by your own business to prevent its data from being compromised. For instance, we suggest following these tips from our IT security company in Bucks County: 

  • Only collect information that you absolutely need from your customers
  • Educate your employees about phishing scams such as Business Email Compromise
  • Delete data once it is no longer needed
  • Allocate time and money to ensuring that your network is as secure as possible
  • Keep a record of who has access to what at your business

By taking these steps, your company will have a much lower risk of falling victim to a data breach. 

Contact Alura for Assistance in Safeguarding Your Business's Data

Here at Alura Business Solutions, we have a wealth of experience in helping companies like yours avoid data breaches and recover from them when they occur. So if you're looking for assistance with preventing or bouncing back from a data breach, call our Bucks County IT security company today at 844-558-7200. We look forward to showing you why we've been known as the IT security company Bucks County organizations can trust since 2005!

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