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CSA2 LLC January 2014 Newsletter
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2013 Data Breaches: A Year in Review

In 2013, hackers were very busy infiltrating websites, bank accounts, and chain stores. Below is a list of some breaches that have captured the attention of the public as well as the media.
  • In late 2013 during the holiday season, the retail chain Target suffered a major breach which resulted in the the theft of 40 million customer credit and debit card records.
  • The software company, Adobe, had more than 38 million  usernames and passwords of customer accounts stolen, as well as source codes for many of its products.
  • The Department of Energy revealed that more than 100,000 names, social security numbers, and other personal information of past and current employees were compromised as a result of a data breach that occurred during the summer.
  • Hackers also attacked social media, with more than a million usernames and passwords stolen from Facebook and Twitter accounts. 
  • Drupal, an open source content management system, was hacked and close to one million accounts were stolen. 
  • The city of Akron, Ohio, claimed the city's website was hacked and the Social Security numbers, in addition to credit card numbers, of 30,000 of its citizens were compromised.
Safeguard Your Shopping
The recent data breach of Target has left many consumers wondering how they can protect themselves when shopping. Here are some safeguards to help minimize the risk.

1. When available, pay cash. Any time you don't have to pull out your card is one less opportunity for a hacker to strike.

2. Save your receipts. Observe your receipts while going over bank statements to make sure everything matches correctly.

3. Review your bank statements. Regularly review your bank statements and look for any inconsistencies after making purchases.  


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