We all know not to share certain information with those around us, and that definitely consists of our social security number! Bad news is that all of our social security numbers got leaked recently – and that’s very very bad news.
Identify the fit is no new concern, you’ve had to worry about this since the beginning, but especially nowadays that the internet is around. The bad thing about everything being digitized is that everything consists of a crackable code. Humans invented technology and they can manipulate it too. Corporate data hacks are something growing as the internet does and that’s a terrible thing. We are all at risk now too. Our worst fear regarding safelocked information on the internet has come; Equifax has been hacked and social security numbers most likely were leaked.
The recent data breach from credit bureau Equifax is one of the biggest in history because it involved over 100 million people – and yes, you guessed it: Social security numbers were among the leaked information. While you can change your password in the scenario of your facebook getting hacked, but it’s a little harder to change your social security number.
According to Equifax, the breach involved 143 million U.S based individuals. The leaked data also included birth dates, addresses, and full names. Equifax has indeed set up a website that can check to see if they believe your identity has been affected. However, there are concerns about the requirement of personal information to check on a post-hacked site. Not particularly something I feel is safe at the moment, given the circumstances that they’ve already lost our social security numbers to hackers.
Shuman Ghosemajumder, chief technology officer of Shape Security says that you shouldn’t even feel much better about things if the check comes back negative. “Just because you weren’t a part of this breach doesn’t mean your data wasn’t leaked in some other incident,” he says. “There have been so many of these in the past several years, you should probably act as though your data has been compromised anyway, he states.
The Federal Trade Commision runs a pretty tight security department at the Identity Theft Consumer Information Control. If your social security number is used in an identify theft attack you can report it at their website, to IdentityTheft.gov.
This incident really shows that even the most secure of internet websites can be breached. It gives us new insight on how carefully we should be managing our private information from the internet. Especially after this recent breach, you should keep a close eye on what’s being registered under your name and your bank account information. I mean, think about if they stole a dollar from every account… That’s hard to notice and they just made over $143 billion dollars.