Data breaches pick­ing up steam


It seems like ev­ery day there’s news of an­other large-scale data breach, as cy­ber crim­i­nals mine for fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion, or utilise ‘hack­tivism’ in or­der to send a mes­sage, making big­gest data hacks of 2015 seem worse and worse. While large-scale breaches such as the Ash­ley Madi­son and Planned Par­ent­hood hacks were done to lash out at a spe­cific or­gan­i­sa­tion, some of the alarm­ing breaches in 2015 so far have re­sulted in the per­sonal and fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans be­ing ex­posed. And breaches of this na­ture are pick­ing up steam.

Ac­cord­ing to The Wash­ing­ton Post, in 2014 there were 780 data breaches, and be­tween May 2013 and May 2014, 110 mil­lion Ameri-

Seat­tle-Ta­coma Air­port was put on lock­down af­ter a se­cu­rity breach re­cently. Air­port of­fi­cials con­firmed that Port of Seat­tle po­lice re­sponded to a breach alarm. All en­trances were closed and all trams were stopped af­ter a man en­tered an area the wrong way. The man was taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing and the breach was cleared and the lock­down was lifted af­ter about 45 min­utes. But the lock­down caused a back-up at se­cu­rity check­points.

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