Scope of Equifax, Yahoo breaches expands

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In this week’s Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors discuss the expanding scope of the Equifax and Yahoo breaches and the long-term effects of these major security incidents.

The massive Equifax and Yahoo breaches got even worse as new disclosures emerged about the growing scope and damage of these incidents.

A new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from Verizon, which acquired Yahoo recently, stated the 2013 data breach affected all of the company’s 3 billion user accounts; previous statements from the company estimated the number of affected accounts to […] Read more

Massive hacks like Equifax and Yahoo are inevitable, so it’s time to assume our data will be stolen — Quartz

If recent hacking attacks such as the one at Equifax, which compromised personal data for about half of all Americans, have taught us anything, it’s that data breaches are a part of life. It’s time to plan for what happens after our data is stolen, according to Rahul Telang, professor of information systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

Companies are prone to understating the scale of hacks, which suggests that there needs to be better standards for disclosing breaches. Yahoo recently confessed that its data breach actually impacted 3 billion user accounts, three times what it disclosed in December. Equifax also […] Read more

Yahoo. Target. Equifax. Sonic: All Category 5 data breaches. Is your information safe anymore?

Former Equifax chief executive Richard Smith before he testifies to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee on Capitol Hill. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

We need to accept that our data isn’t ours anymore and hasn’t been for a long time.

We traded our privacy for loans, credit cards, access to medical care or even gym classes.

Every time we give a company our information — Social Security number, address or date of birth — it’s collected and kept in systems we don’t control.

It’s not our fault. We need home loans to buy our houses. We use […] Read more