When we think of major-name data breaches that affect millions of consumers, we probably think of teams of elite hackers infiltrating a network by exploiting a vulnerability in the technology. But sometimes, a data breach is the work of a good old-fashioned crook and not the result of sophisticated cybercrime skills.

In a move that has been a long time coming—literally, since it was first mandated in 2013 and again in 2015—the Pentagon has finally issued its new Rule on how defense contractors will report suspected cybercrimes.

A spring 2015 data breach has resulted in one and half million residents of Indiana—approximately one-fourth of the state’s population—having their medical and identifying information stolen by hackers.

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave provides an invaluable public service each year when it releases its annual report on data breach activity. This report, the 2015 Trustwave Global Security Report, examines the ways hacking attempts and data breaches were perpetrated, which sectors of industry are hit the hardest, even the corporate and consumer behaviors that lead to data compromise. (Did you know that “Password1” is still the most commonly used password?)

Data breaches and identity theft are becoming so prevalent that some industry experts have said they’re inevitable, and that identity theft is basically unavoidable. The good news is there are steps consumers can take to minimize the chances of becoming victims of data breaches or identity theft, but the bad news is those types of crimes don’t only affect your information or even your finances.

News came out last week that CVS, the country’s second largest pharmacy chain, may have suffered a data breach of its photo uploading and printing website.

For some time, the government has been working through the aftermath of the Office of Personnel Management hacking event that compromised the highly detailed, sensitive information of as many as 22 million people. In what experts are considering a separate data breach, the National Guard has announced its database has also been compromised. 

 

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