We are being flooded by so much news lately, it seems overwhelming.
Our brains would have to open a new wing in our memory libraries every day to handle it all.
Lost in the flood are the hundreds of millions of security breaches lately. As J.F. Rice indicates in COMPUTERWORLD for Feb. 11, “(The total for 2014) comes to over 453 million — the grand total of all the card numbers and personal information records stolen during the year 2014 . . . . There are 316 million people in the United States. Looking at these statistics, I’d say the chances are pretty good that nearly all of us have been affected by the breaches of 2014. You can safely bet that your own card numbers, passwords, email addresses, contact information and other personal information were compromised in at least one of these breaches.”
He posts a list of the 20 largest security breaches in 2014. Like Sony, Target, Home Depot and eBay, to name a few.
His list does not include the huge break-in at Anthem Insurance as described by CNBC February 4. “Anthem said Wednesday that its database has been hacked, potentially exposing personal information about 80 million of its customers and employees. The health insurer said the breach exposed ‘names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data,’ but added that no financial information, including credit card details, was compromised. ‘Cyber attackers executed a very sophisticated attack to gain unauthorized access to one of Anthem’s IT systems and have obtained personal information relating to from consumers and Anthem employees who are currently covered, or who have received coverage in the past,’ the U.S. second largest insurer said in a statement.
Makes me nervous.