Data breaches are happening every day, and the number of breaches is only going to grow. To put it in perspective, cyber criminals breach over 4,800 websites each month.
For businesses, and individuals, data breaches have costly consequences including identities being stolen and bank accounts being compromised. And the scary thing is, many months can go by without victims even knowing their data has been compromised.
Have you been affected by any of these 2022 data breaches:
- Revolut data breach exposes information for more than 50,000 customers
- SHEIN fined $1.9m over data breach affecting 39 million customers
- Twitter confirms 5.4 million accounts were stolen
- Hacker tries to sell the data of 500 million WhatsApp users on the dark web
Revolut data breach
Personal information for over 50,000 users of Revolut was accessed during a data breach that took place in September.
The data accessed included information such as names, home and email addresses, and partial payment card information; although Revolut has stated that card details were hidden.
SHEIN data breach
In October, the business that owns SHEIN was fined $1.9m after failing to disclose a data breach which affected 39 million of their customers across the world.
The incident took place in 2018 and saw a third party gain unauthorised access to SHEIN’s payment systems.
The discovery of the hack was made after a credit card network found customer payment details for sale on a popular hacking forum.
Twitter data breach
In July, a hacker posted on BreachForums that they had the data of 5.4 million Twitter users for sale.
The data included email addresses and phone numbers for celebrities, companies, the general public, and those users who have one or two letter Twitter handles, which are seen as desirable screen names (referred to as OGs). The hacker, ‘Devil’, would not accept offers for less than $30,000 for the database.
WhatsApp data breach
On November the 16th, a hacker on BreachForums claimed to have the personal information of 487 million WhatsApp users from 84 countries.
The alleged hacker said those who bought the datasets would receive ‘very recent mobile numbers’ of WhatsApp users.
The hacker did not explain how such a large amount of user data had been collected, saying only that they had ‘used their strategy’ to obtain it.
Which security tools can help lower the risk of a data breach?
If you have yet to implement any tools into your business that help with data breaches and cyber attacks, what are you waiting for? The sooner you have something in place, the sooner you are going to be protected. So, what tools do we recommend your business invests in?
A password manager
Password managers allow your teams to save and manage all their passwords from one safe space. Thus, users will no longer be required to remember multiple passwords, or keep track of any passwords on Post-It notes or in the back of a notepad.
Two or Multi-Factor Authentication
Two, and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is all about checking credentials. With MFA, users need to verify their identity by using something like a security token or biometric characteristic (face id or fingerprint scan).
Human error training
Human error is a key factor in over 90% of data breaches. To help prevent human error when it comes to breaches, you should be supplying your team with constant and ongoing cyber security training. If you are providing training to your staff, you will be securing your business against its biggest risk.
If you are worried that your personal details have been obtained, or your business has had a data breach, feel free to give us a call to speak to one of our experts. Alternatively, if you’d like some advice on creating a robust cyber security plan for your business, reach out via our Contact Us page, here.
- by Lizzie Clark
- on January 11, 2023