The major data breach at Equifax, the credit monitoring company affected 15.2 million records in the UK, relating to almost 700,000 customers, according to Sky News. The personal details of 143 million US customers were also stolen in the attack. The Equifax hack could well be the biggest ever cyber theft of financial information.
Equifax Hack – What was Stolen?
Names and dates of birth are amongst the personal details stolen from 693,665 UK-based customers of Equifax. The breach happened in May but was only reported last month. Most worryingly, 12,086 customers have had their email address breached and 14,961 customers have lost portions of their user names, passwords, and even their secret questions and answers and partial credit card numbers were stolen.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said in a statement:
“If you have been told that security details from your Equifax.co.uk account – such as your password and secret questions – have been accessed, then you should ensure those same details are not used on any other websites or accounts.”
No Business is Safe from Hackers
After Equifax announced the hack, they were subjected to many class action lawsuits in the US. How would your company cope if hackers accessed your customer data? Even if your business is far smaller than Equifax and located in Hull, East Yorkshire or Lincolnshire doesn’t mean your data is safe. If hackers access your data, then it can affect your reputation, and you risk a fined from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Digitalquill – Experts in IT Security
At Digitalquill we help businesses across Hull, and the East Riding keep their customers’ data safe from criminals. Whether you need help securing a wireless network, setting up the proper PCI-DSS compliant processes for handling credit card data, backing up your files or writing a security policy for your East Yorkshire business – we can help. For more information call us on 01482 424402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.