This past week, the author received a dead-tree, snail mail letter from a company that began with "Regrettably" and went on to explain that the company was the victim of an illegal data security attack by sophisticated criminals who viewed or obtained information including your first and last name, credit card number, credit card security code and expiration date, billing address, e-mail address, and phone number. A couple years ago, she received a similar letter from her health insurance company except in that instance, the explanation for the data breach was not sophisticated criminals but rather some brain-dead employee who left a hard drive full of customers' personal info in a rental car that was subsequently broken into and looted. She realizes he is far from the only data breach victim and that it happens again and again to millions of people.
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