So you thought it was bad when Target got hacked and a bunch of your credit card information might have been compromised.
That kinda sucked.
My own mother had to get a brand new debit card and credit card because she had been Christmas shopping at Target (who wasn’t though?) in December and her information was compromised. It was a hassle, but we kept an eye on our accounts until the new cards came and the old ones were scrapped. It really wasn’t that much of a traumatic experience.
Here’s a new level of bad for you though.
A cyber security expert claims he could gain access to 70,000 personal records of ObamaCare enrollees in about 4 minutes.
David Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSec, told Fox News Sunday the information can be obtained without even hacking.
“There’s a technique we call passive reconnaissance which allows us to query and look at how the website operates and performs,” Kennedy said. “These type of attacks that I’m mentioning here, in the 70,000 that you’re referencing, is very easy to do, it’s a rudimentary type attack that doesn’t actually attack the website itself – it extracts information from it without actually having to go into the system.”
“Think of it this way, think of something where you have a car and the car doors are open and the windows are open and you can see inside of it, that’s basically what they allow you to do and there’s no real sophistication level here – it’s just really wide open.”
You put a lot more information into an account for healthcare. You are dropping your social security number, your mother’s maiden name, and a whole host of other things that would make your identity so much easier to steal.
You think having someone charge something to your credit card because of a data breach is bad?
How about credit accounts and loans being taken out in your identity that you don’t even know about?
At least not until you go to check your credit for a mortgage or a car loan and, guess what, your credit has been swiss cheesed by someone who barely had to do any work at all to get your information.
Our government is setting that information out for anyone to find, with a minimum of work, like a car with the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition in a bad part of town at night.
So the Target story is getting lots of play in the media.
Why not this?