It’s just the start of a new year and already three companies have been reported to have suffered Security breaches – restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A, bit-coin exchange Bitstamp, and investment firm Morgan Stanley.
Aside from the widely publicized Sony Hack reported late last year 2014, new headlines have been added to the list of cybersecurity victims.
Physical stores have become victims of customer credit and debit card breach. In the last year, there were about 20 retailers compromised by a major security threat, this is according to a study by security firm BitSight. In a survey of 300 retailers by the same firm, it was revealed that 58 percent of the companies had worse security performance than in 2013.
The U.S. Postal Service was attacked by hackers and about 800,000 employee details were breached. Also, customers who made transactions with U.S.P.S. Customer Care from January 1 to August 16 are likely to have their data exposed. CNN reports that data of 2.9 million postal service customers were compromised and information at risk include names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, dates of employment, addresses, etc.
5 million Gmail username and password combinations were leaked in an online Russian forum recently and Google is advising its users to update their passwords in order to protect their accounts. It was later revealed that these information appears to be outdated, and some passwords were more than 3 years old.
Home Depot is the latest retail company to suffer from a major security breach involving tens of millions of customer data from the US and Canada. Information from customers who have used their credit or debit cards since April 2014 have been compromised, but the retailer is assuring their customers that for any fraudulent charges in their accounts, they will not be held responsible.
One of the biggest grocery chains in the US, Supervalu, became a victim to a recent credit card hack. A portion of the company’s computer network has been exposed leaving sensitive credit and debit card information at risk. Data from card transactions used from June 22 to July 17 may have been stolen, as announced by the US Company, affecting over 180 Supervalu markets and liquor shops across the country.