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Is China Behind the Cyber Attack? Have you Been Exposed? Who Can You Trust With Your Personal Information? How Can You Protect Yourself from Cyber Attacks? So Many Questions Remain as Cyberwarfare Proliferates

Human errors and technological failures have led to one of the largest data breaches in our history. In fact, as many as 143 million Americans, or almost half of our entire country had their personal information, such as names, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, credit cards, and driver license information exposed to cyber criminals in the recent Equifax cyber-attack. Since Equifax obtains the information from third party providers such as banks, lenders and credit card providers, many people don’t even know that their personal information has been exposed and obtained by cyber criminals.

EquifaxThe breached allegedly occurred between mid-May and July and was discovered on July 29, 2017. The breach is greatly concerning as most of us expected that a company as large and powerful as Equifax would have the resources in place to protect against the hacking and disclosure of such sensitive and compromising information. Many questions now are raised, such as, how could this have happened, and who is behind one of the largest breaches in history? While the internal and federal investigations are underway, the preliminary evidence suggests that the Chinese government is behind the attack and used highly sophisticated techniques and interfaces to perform the attack. In fact, China is known for having highly organized teams dedicated to hacking businesses and foreign governments.

The reality is that we have entered into a new era of cyberwarfare, which is invading both the private and public sector. Everything from our personal information to trade, business, finance, satellite and space machinery is subject to vulnerability. Further, there is no current global organization assessing the issue or passing regulations. Accordingly, we must act in the offensive and defensive, and support our industry security leaders as they use their intelligence and talents to combat the attacks and prepare for the future. Additionally, to protect yourself (and since there is a nearly 50% chance that your personal information was breached and exposed in the Equifax cyber-attack), you should regularly check your online bank and credit card statements on a weekly basis. Further, you should never click on suspicious links in emails or open questionable email attachments, keep your anti-virus software up to date, and be safeguarded against the disclosure of your personal information to any individual or entity.  Additionally, to learn more about whether your personal information was compromised in the Equifax data breach or how to safeguard yourself against cyber-attacks, contact us today to schedule a confidential meeting with a Wellington Personal Injury Attorney.

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