| Individuals August 4, 2017
August 4, 2017
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In July Indian wireless carrier Reliance Jio reportedly experienced a data breach. However, Reliance Jio refuted some of the claims made about the breach despite later reporting "unlawful access" to the police.
The story that follows highlights the criticality of knowing about data breaches, whether a company acknowledges them or not. When you know where your data is - and when it is potentially compromised - you are empowered to take action. You can proactively contact the affected company, get more information about what kind of data was compromised, and make informed decisions about whether to continue doing business with that company.
India's LTE carrier Reliance Jio refuted claims that customer records were made publicly available on a since-deactivated website.
According to the Times of India, a Reliance Jio spokesperson stated, "We have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic."
News outlet Reuters, however, confirmed with a law enforcement officer that the company had filed a complaint for reported "unlawful access to its systems."
The carrier has upwards of 100 million customers, which means any data compromise could impact a large number of individuals.
In Reliance Jio's case, customer data may still have been breached, though the company has previously denied it.
Why highlight this? Because you still need to know how your data is protected when you entrust it to a company. Even knowing that a company is in the middle of a breach investigation gives you, the customer, the opportunity to contact the company and take actions to protect yourself from further damage.
This is only possible, however, if you have timely alerts whenever a company, app or service you may use suffers a data breach.
Healthcare organizations accounted for half of the breaches in July. Impacted companies include University of Iowa Health Care, UC Davis Health, Women's Healthcare Group of Pennsylvania, and Bupa, a U.K.-based international healthcare company.
Last year, there were a large number of headlines featuring ransomware attacks across hospitals in the U.S. This year, we're continuing to see criminals target these organizations. Healthcare companies were the second-most breached industry, according to our mid-year breach trends report.
Criminals attack healthcare data because it is a wealth of sensitive information. Healthcare institutions store social security numbers, dates of birth, usernames and passwords, home addresses, phone numbers, emails, demographic information, credit card information, and other highly sensitive data points. All of this kind of information, when aggregated, could easily allow an attacker to impersonate an individual, open accounts in her name, and spend her money.
When data is breached, you want to act quickly. Here are some tips for minimizing the impact of a data breach:
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