A recent story in IT News (http://www.itnews.com.au) stated that the US Office of Personnel Management had revealed that more than 21 million US citizens who had undergone background checks for security clearances since 2000 had their personal data stolen by hackers.
These attacks are becoming increasingly frequent.
What would happen if your data were stolen? Who might be affected? Who might sue you? How much would it cost to recover?
These are all questions that every business owner should be asking themselves.
In this attack the data exposed included 19.7 million people who applied for the clearances, plus 1.8 million non-applicants, mostly spouses or partners of applicants, OPM said. The personal data stolen included social security numbers, details that could be abused for identity theft.
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