It’s been a bad week for retailers, a really bad week, while presumably a delightful and profit-filled one for the cyber-criminals on the other end wreaking havoc. This week, three high-profile data breaches occurred, affecting over 21.6 million people.
Last week a series of companies were hit including
- Telecom giant T-Mobile
- Crowdfunding site Patreon
- US brokerage firm Socttrade
T-Mobile Hack – 15 Million Affected
Last week T-Mobile suffered a data breach, well their credit application processor Experian was hacked, exposing highly sensitive information on more than 15 million customers who applied for T-Mobile’s services within the past two years.
Data stolen includes customers home addresses, date of birth, driver license numbers, passport number, military I.D. numbers and Social Security numbers among other sets of information.
T-Mobile reported that their “encryption may have been compromised” while reporting that no credit or debit card information was stolen in the breach. If you believe you were affected in the breach it is highly advised that you check for credit and identity theft.
Patreon Hack – 2.3 Million Affected
Last week hackers also managed to breach Patreon, stealing nearly 15 gigabytes worth of user information including names, billing addresses and email addresses of their 2.3 million registered users.
According to the crowdfunding website, Pateron CEO Jack Conte confirmed that the website had been hacked and that the personal information of its users had been accessed by unauthorized attackers.
Gigabytes worth of information has been circulating the internet to download, however the authenticity of the variety of dumps making their rounds on the internet cannot be confirmed.
Scottrade Hack – 4.6 Million Affected
And finalizing the trio of breaches we have the online discount brokerage firm Scottrade, affecting some 4.6 million of the company’s customers.
Scottrade announced via the company website that hackers had managed to break in and access their company’s internal servers from late 2013 through 2015. Hackers managed to access personal information including names and street addresses for the over four million users.
The brokerage firm stated in their notification email that Social Security numbers were also stored on the compromised system, however the company does not believe hackers gained access to that portion of the database.
“We have no reason to believe that Scottrade’s trading platforms or any client funds were compromised,” Scottrade said in a statement published Thursday. “Client passwords remained fully encrypted at all times, and we have not seen any indication of fraudulent activity as a result of this incident.”
Affected clients have been offered one free year of identity theft protection, as comes common with most databreaches these days.
The Scottrade news comes just days after T-Mobile and Patreon were both hacked, affected several million customers.
The trio of high-profile databreaches combined affects a total of some 21.6 million people around the world!