Last June, the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made a startling announcement: it had been the victim of a sophisticated, large-scale hacking event.
It was only two years ago that shoppers during the Black Friday madness received an unwelcomed gift: their personal details and credit card information were stolen by hackers in what was then one of the largest known retail data breaches.
Travelers, beware! At least that’s the sentiment of many people who’ve had their credit card and payment information stolen while traveling, specifically while staying in hotels.
“Poor communications, lack of leadership and lack of board oversight are barriers to effective incident response,” according to a new Ponemon Institute research report titled "The Importance of Senior Executive Involvement in Breach Response."
Two foreign nationals who worked for a third-party data company are suspected of stealing the personal information of as many as 4,000 Dow Corning employees. The two men, who worked for HCL America, are believed to have downloaded names, Social Security numbers, income records, and more, then transferred that data to a USB drive. The drive—and the information—are unaccounted for as of now.