How many peo­ple have been hacked?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

So much information has been stolen by hack­ers that vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one in the U.S. has been af­fected by a data breach in some way—even those who never go on­line. The re­cent data breach at Equifax, one of the three ma­jor credit re­port­ing agen­cies, ex­posed the per­sonal information of more than 145 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, driver’s li­cense data, birth dates, and ad­dresses. As many as 75 per­cent of U.S. adults with a credit score may have been vic­tim­ized. While the Equifax at­tack was par­tic­u­larly dam­ag­ing, it was hardly unique. Hack­ers ex­posed the per­sonal information of 110 mil­lion peo­ple in 2013 and 2014, nearly half the na­tion’s adults. In those years, more than 40 mil­lion credit and debit card num­bers were stolen in a sin­gle at­tack against Tar­get. Ya­hoo had all 3 bil­lion of its ac­counts hacked. “It’s a safe as­sump­tion that ev­ery­one’s So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber has been com­pro­mised and their iden­tity data has been stolen,” said Jeremiah Gross­man, the chief of se­cu­rity strat­egy at the cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm Sen­tinelOne. “While it may not be ex­plic­itly true, we have to op­er­ate un­der that as­sump­tion now.”

Nearly ev­ery­one’s data has been com­pro­mised.

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