At least 12 major cybersecurity breaches affecting hundreds of millions of people took place in 2017. These major breaches were largely caused by hackers getting through inadequate or relaxed technical barriers.
The credit agency Equifax breach, finally made public in September, months after it happened, involved 143 million people, whose private data — from Social Security information to driver license numbers — were stolen.
In December, Alteryx, a data analytics firm that had purchased data from Experian — another large credit-reporting agency — exposed the data of some 120 million American households.
Today, experts estimate that personal information for more than half the […] Read more