The security breaches and blunders have made us loose faith in health insurance agencies, credit agencies, car manufacturers and even toy makers. Once again, it has been revealed that security is always the last thing that an organisation thinks about, whether big or small. We no longer can trust the innocence of the toys that are kids play with. Are we bieing overly paranoid ? Maybe yes, but security has still a long way to go before it gets into the central thinking of organisations.
Anthem Data Breach
In Febraruary, this year, Anthem Inc. said its database was penetrated by a hacker attack which included personal information for 78.8 million people, including 60 million to 70 million of its own current and former customers and employees.
Two security researchers teamed up with a journalist in July and demonstrated how they take control of a moving Jeep in a live traffic demo. Chrysler was severly affected by this and had to recall 1.4 million vehicles for security fixes
Vtech toys hacked
Vtech, a company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for childred has stated that there was "unauthorised access" to the database on 14 November, irony, that it is celebrated as 'Children's Day' in India. In an email to customers, the company said: "Upon discovering the unauthorised access we immediately conducted a thorough investigation, which involved a comprehensive check of the affected site and implementation of measures to defend against further attacks.". A Large number of childred information, which looked could be from this hack, appeared online. This included their name, age, gender etc.
A July breach at Harvard University highlighted growing security concerns around higher-education. The breach affected as many as eight schools and administrative offices. It remains unclear what information was accessed by the hackers.