A Pre-Cyber Monday Warning: 100 Million People Were Victims of This Single Identity Fraud
This month, Americans witnessed one of the biggest cybercrimes of our time.
According to The Economist:
The criminal charges outlined in New York and other places on November 10th against three men said to be behind a huge hacking and fraud operation give details of how they allegedly attacked at least 12 companies, including banks, media outlets and a software firm. The proceeds, since the scams started in 2007, amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. They stole personal data relating to more than 100m people, 83m of them customers of JPMorgan Chase.
One hundred MILLION people. That is just under 1/3 the population of the entire United States. The three criminals charged were not expert hackers, they were just three bad guys who bought the right tools at the right time on the black market.
There is a lesson to be learned about this massive data breach. You can’t control who acquires the tools to steal your identity, but you can control how prepared you are to respond.
You can’t control who has the tools to steal your ID, but you can control how prepared you are to respond.Click to tweet
The best ID theft defense is vigilance
Cybercrime is constantly evolving at a rapid pace. Identity theft cost Americans over $16 billion in 2014 alone. While nobody can prevent all identity theft, there are measures we can take to be proactive about protecting our identity and our money- especially if you have multiple credit cards and use them frequently.
Identity theft cost Americans over $16 billion in 2014. The best ID theft defense is vigilance.Click to tweet
Feel free to contact the Bodnar Financial office to learn more about ID protection and to discuss if enrolling in an identity protection service makes sense for you.
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