Imperiled information

    Imperiled information

    Imperiled information

    Students find website data leaks pose greater risks than most people realize

    Last Updated: 10 Feb 2020 at 09:04
    It seems that every few weeks, news breaks of another company attacked by hackers, with personal data provided by thousands or millions of individual users stolen.

    But how dangerous are these data leaks? Does the average person face any real risk if a hacker manages to steal one of their account passwords?

    It turns out data leaks pose much greater threats than most people realize, and a hacker could easily find and exploit sensitive information on not only a personís virtual identity, but also his or her real identity.


    Read more: Imperiled information | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Golden's Avatar Posted By: Golden
    09 Feb 2020

  1. RoasterMen's Avatar
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       #1

    That was a good read. Thank you for sharing!
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  2. EyeInTheSky's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 20H2 (OS Build 19042.928)
       #2

    What is very disturbing about all of this, is the fact that all the tools are publicly and readily available. What those two accomplished, was bringing to light that anyone could do it. You have to look at the flip side of things also. If our government told us everything they do so that we could live the "American Dream" things would fall into anarchy within thirty minutes or less world-wide.

    About a year or so ago, I bought a set of springs from Century Spring Corp. and 30 minutes later they were breached and within an hour, some jerk-off in California was buying 5 pairs of Nike shoes with my Credit Card number. How they did it that fast is leading me to believe that it was inside help from within Century Spring..........however they won't admit that part, they just admitted they were breached is as far as they would go in the letter they sent me.

    The funny part is, my bank that the card was linked to couldn't verify where the fraudulent charge originated until Century Spring Corp. admitted it was breached. Leaves me wondering even further who was really involved. .
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    I expect it's easy to find out the postal address linked to a give email address if you know where to look. I'm amazed how many banking sites still ask for date of birth as a login question which is only OK if you many birth dates. Always use a unique password for each site.
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  4. Golden's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    Always use a unique password for each site.
    Excellent advice. Make it easier on yourself by using an established password manager.
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