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The Three Biggest Hacks Affecting Americans Today

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The Three Biggest Hacks Affecting Americans Today

2019-08-05 05:10:181 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

Americans are reminded almost daily of just how fragile the internet-based financial and commercial infrastructure is. Some data breaches have important political significance. Others represent new trends in cybersecurity and online crimes. Equifax's records were compromised in September 2017, exposing the data of more than 145 million US consumers. Only days old, the theft of data from roughly 100 million Capital One customer accounts is big enough to land in the history ebooks. And while it didn't directly touch consumers per se, May 2017’s WannaCry attack shocked many with its mind-boggling global scale. In all, it ensnared upwards of 200,000 victims in over 150 countries, and destroyed numerous production systems. As a result, millions of employees around the world were doubtless thrown immediately into crisis remediation mode.

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