Once again, the scope of the breach at the US Office of Personnel Management has been amended: OPM's press secretary Sam Schumach announced on Wednesday that "of the 21.5 million individuals whose Social Security Numbers and other sensitive information were impacted by the breach, the subset of individuals whose fingerprints have been stolen has increased from a total of approximately 1.1 million to approximately 5.6 million." If you're wondering how come they haven't discovered this fact sooner, it's because only now the "OPM and DoD identified archived records containing additional fingerprint data not previously analyzed." Schumach then tried to reassure potentially affected individuals: "Federal experts believe that, as of now, the ability to misuse fingerprint data is limited.
The average budget required to recover from a security breach is $551,000 USD for enterprises, and $38,000 for small and medium businesses according to Kaspersky Lab.
The spate of high-profile data breaches reported in recent years is leading to increasing public fear about organizations’ ability to prevent and detect cybercrime, according to Bit9 + Carbon Black.
Gemalto revealed that in the first six months of this year a total of 888 data breaches occurred, compromising 246 million records worldwide.
Just a ten minutes long browsing session of the leaked Ashley Madison source code revealed to infosec consultant Gabor Szathmari a number of security mistakes that have likely helped the attackers move within the company's networks.
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