JP Morgan Chase Breach – Largest Data Haul Ever

chaseThe JP Morgan Chase Bank breach is being called the worst known compromise in history, now said to be affecting approximately 76 million households and 7 million small businesses — and the situation appears to be worsening with each new piece of information.

According to The Guardian, the attack on the JP Morgan Chase bank was under way for a month before it was discovered in July, and when it was first disclosed in August, the bank estimated that about one million accounts had been compromised. However, the latest details coming to hand just last Thursday now reveal that the numbers have escalated into one of the most serious breaches of all time.

The enormous scale of the breach was confirmed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which the company revealed that the attackers stole user information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses as well as “internal JPMorgan Chase information”.

However, the company says there is no indication that account numbers, passwords, user IDs, dates of birth or Social Security numbers were compromised and it has not seen “any unusual customer fraud related to this incident.”

JP Morgan Chase and Co has published an FAQ based on investigations to date, concerned customers can access that notice here: Customer Notice FAQs

Hey Companies, how about protecting our data!

It seems every passing week brings news of yet another company database breach, each inevitably being labeled the “biggest yet”. It’s gotten to the stage where this kind of news is becoming rather ho hum, at least for those of us who are not directly involved. It’s also becoming more and more apparent that these companies are failing to properly protect consumer data.

Criminals are getting smarter and smarter and all companies need to react accordingly, security safeguards that worked yesterday do not necessarily work today. Maybe it’s time to introduce dereliction of duty type legislation with punitive measures for companies who fail to utilize optimum security protocols to properly protect consumer data? I certainly think so.

What do you think?


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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