Another Day, Another Massive Security Breach ... Yawn

from the numb-and-number dept

News of yet another whopping security breach hit the wires today. This time, thieves may have swiped credit card info of more than 180,000 HSBC Bank MasterCard shoppers. We're hearing of these large-scale breakdowns all too frequently, with hundreds of thousands of people affected each time. They've probably been happening for years and are only coming to light now, thanks to California's disclosure law. Alarming as this is, even more alarming is that these incidents barely register in the public consciousness. Instead, people are misdirecting their fears to Google map lookups and the like, as Scott Granneman points out in his column (don't worry, you've got the right column if you're reading a long intro about a WWI poet). The more we hear about a trend of scary facts, the more inured we get to them. Granneman calls for national legislation that would require companies to quickly disclose data theft to their customers. A good idea, but taking his original point a step further, people might also get desensitized to notices of stolen data. Save for those unfortunate few who have experienced the painful process of dealing with identity theft, it would take extraordinary circumstances for most people to care. Maybe another dozen or so cases of 200,000-plus customers getting their personal data ripped off by professional crooks will do the trick.


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 14th, 2005 @ 8:11pm

    How about a sentence...

    How about a sentence containing a hyperlink to help with what to do to protect one's identity from theft? That sentence could accompany every notice and story and warning about identity theft.

     

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      Mike (profile), Apr 14th, 2005 @ 8:31pm

      Re: How about a sentence...

      Except... as we've explained before the problem isn't one that users can solve. In none of these cases could end users really have done anything at all to protect themselves.

       

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    thecaptain, Apr 15th, 2005 @ 5:56am

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    200 000 users or 2 million.

    Nothing will be done until it happens to either a prominent politician OR a massively rich CEO in such a way that it is significant to them.

    (Ie: Being ripped off for 20-30 thousand will bankrupt ME, but a CEO who earns 15-20 million a year will shrug it off).

     

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      eponymous geek, May 26th, 2005 @ 9:57am

      Re: No Subject Given

      I heard Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has already been hit. Oh, you said prominent.

      Here's an idea, steal the cop's identity to put your life back in order. Then trash his credit. Bet he'll listen if he's gone through it.

       

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