SENIORS AT RISK AS A RESULT OF MAJOR DATA BREACHES
As we all know, data breaches now seem to be a daily occurrence. Two major breaches hit older adults especially hard. The first involved a website focused on seniors. Researchers from a tech service called WizCase discovered a faulty data server used by a site called SeniorAdvisor, which is “one of the largest senior care and service advisory and reviews sites in the U.S.” Essentially, WizCase’s researchers found that the site’s Amazon S3 (web service utilized by businesses to store consumer data) was left unencrypted. According to a piece by Komando.com, a scammer “…didn’t even need a username or password to access the storage location,“ which contained about 3 million senior citizens’ data that included “names, emails, phone numbers, dates contacted and more.”
A second breach could affect 100 million consumers of any age. According to news reports, hackers claim to have compromised T-Mobile’s consumer database. Reported a few days ago by Motherboard, T-Mobile’s servers were accessed, and a thief is selling the data on “an underground forum for 6 bitcoin, about $280,000. The trove includes not only names, phone numbers, and physical addresses but also more sensitive data like social security numbers, driver’s license information and… unique identifiers tied to each mobile device.” Motherboard confirmed that samples of the data “contained accurate information on T-Mobile customers.” More information on this reported breach can be found in this piece from Wired.com.
*** And remember, at EverSafe we believe in fighting fire with fire. Our fraud prevention technology scours the Dark Web daily so that you and your loved ones can stay ahead of scammers. If you believe you may have been affected by one of these breaches, or you have questions about them, just give us a call at 1-888-575-3837.