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October 4, 2017

The Grossly Underestimated Data Breach Trend

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Grossly Underestimated data breach

It seems to be a pattern these days with breaking news of a data breach. The problem is not only that a data breach occurred, but the fact that the number affected is a grossly underestimated data breach total. Two of the most recent cases in point, Yahoo and Equifax.

At first, the Yahoo data breach announced in December 2016, stated approximately one billion users were affected. The number now just recently updated is a whopping three billion. This is the total of all users accounts back in 2013 when the breach actually occurred.

Yahoo’s new parent company, Oath, reached this figure after ‘new intelligence’ was learned and investigated with help from outside experts.

The Equifax breach, announced last month, originally stated approximately 143 million were affected. After hiring an outside forensic firm, the recent addition to that number affected is over 2.5 million more.

Once a data breach is announced, we recommend following up on the news as the numbers seem to increase over time.

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