Four of the Worst Security Breaches Ever
It is always best to learn from the
mistakes of others, rather than your own. Take a look at a few of the worst
commercial security snafus in recent history, shake your head, and
vow to not let this happen to you.
1.) 40 Million
Credit Card Numbers Up for Grabs
In 2005, MasterCard had to step up,
and admit that one of its processing companies, CardSystems Solutions,
had put 40 million of its cardholders at risk. 200,000 had already been
victimized. This ridiculous breach of trust was made possible because
CardSystems decided to store the data on an unencrypted server. Why?
For research, of course. One of their top executives was big enough to
confess, "We should not have been doing that."
2.) 4.5 Million
Bank Account Numbers, Missing
The Bank of New York Mellon, had a
very bad day in 2008. Their internet security was rock solid. The
problem happened when they
backed up all of their customers' data onto ten tapes. While moving
these tapes to storage, one mysteriously disappeared from in transit.
It happened to hold social security numbers and bank account data for
4.5 million of their customers. And by the way, those tapes? Not
3.) 25 Million
British Citizens Exposed to Identity Theft
It's hard to be practically perfect
in every way. HM Revenue and Customs in the UK, found out the hard way
what happens when a very large office makes a very small mistake. The
HMRC only lost two little computer discs in the mail, but that opened
up the window on the names, addresses, insurance numbers, and in some
cases, banking information of 25 million UK citizens with children
under 16. The HMRC tried to blame the courier for breaking company
protocol. It later came to light, that the fall guy only did as he was
instructed, the same as he had done many times before.
4) 40 Million
Credit & Debit Card Users Breached
The most recent event - Target Corp
had a massive security breach
involving nearly all of Target's 1,797 stores in the United States.
Thieves hacked into credit and debit card data of as many as 40 million
Target customers over the 2013 holidays. This breach rattled nerves
this Christmas shopping season.
Make Your Child a Security Expert
Does your home's youngest resident
know how to keep safe from criminals? If he is old enough to write his
name, use the phone, and recite his address, then he is old enough to learn
a few pint-sized security protocols. Teach these on a lazy afternoon,
and keep it light. Set out to make your little learner feel empowered,
not threatened. A scoop of ice cream at the end of a lesson couldn't
So what are the best protocols to
First, he needs to know how and
when to dial 911. You can use a dummy phone for this exercise. Act out
some emergency scenarios that require him to make the call-a fire in
the kitchen, a stranger trying to open the door, or an injured
parent. Teach him what to say to the dispatcher, which departments to
ask for, and how to state the nature of the emergency. Be sure
that his address and phone number are perfectly clear to the person on
the other end of the line.
Second, teach him all about door
safety. He should never, ever open the door to a stranger, especially
if you are not home. He needs to know that even if the person on the
other side of the door looks like a police officer or a firefighter, he
can only open if you give him permission. Teach him how to lock every
door and window in the house, and teach him to keep every lock fastened
when he is alone at home.
Third, be clear about what can and
cannot be shared on the internet. Full
names, pictures, addresses, location, school information, phone
numbers, private email addresses, are a few things that should
require your permission before being posted. Help him to learn to
treat these pieces of information like private treasures. They are his,
and should not be shared with anyone who is not proven trustworthy.
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& ROLL TRIVIA
Which act made the cover of Rolling Stone by recording
"The cover of the Rolling Stone"?
A. Steely Dan
B. Suzi Quatro
C. Alice Cooper
D. Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA
What was the first rock song,
longer than four minutes, to land at number one on the charts?
A. "Hey, Jude"
of the Rising Sun"***CORRECT ANSWER
C. "The Twist"
D. "I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)"
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