Data theft triple rise11/12/2007 Written by minor
It is well known to all of us — data theft or data loss is one of the nightmares. This year stories brought embarrassing incident in UK, 25 million people, their personal and bank details are at risk thanks two disks in mail. Given fact that UK has around 60 millions of citizens, more than every 3rd is affected by this.
Number is impressive, but it is not the only incident that happened this year. USA Today reported, that more than 162 millions of records has been stolen this year. When comparing to year 2006, when “only” more than 49.7 millions were stolen, this indicates clearly the aim of the attackers — private and business data.
Analysis was prepared from data losses reported over past two years in news stories and results of this year aren’t impressive. Affected were 98 companies, 85 schools, 80 government agencies and 39 hospitals and clinics.
Of course it’s not everything, some of cases were not published.We shouldn’t ask, why this happened. Also agencies, companies, governments and also we should not only look on issues that are passing in front of them, they have to actively act against data theft and protect their and own assets of highest value — personal data, because otherwise it could be us, whose credit card was “cleaned” or data misused.