Episode 31: Privacy, Pwn’d (00:58:10)
Identity theft is a huge problem, and there isn’t a crazy amount you can do to protect yourself. Today we take a look at 4 infamous examples of data theft in order to provide you a better understanding of what’s happening, especially with simple data and privacy exploitation. We offer some tips (not legally binding) that might help minimize the consequences of someone else’s poor security or incompetence.
Big in the news right now is the Sony PSN/Qriocity/Entertainment data breach that effects millions of people. Sony hasn’t been too forthcoming about what happened, leaving Will and I to speculate about the details. We also discuss a few tips (pre-paid cards, fraud alerts, immediate reaction) about how to minimize this happening, since there was really no way to tell if a company has good security practices or not when you give them your credit card.
Then we take a look at laptops getting stolen (Equifax), email security (Epsilon), and social engineering techniques (HB Gary). Each of these data breaches are interesting for various levels of incompetence or malfeasance, and each highlight some protection mechanisms that were simply ignored. This might be the most scarily fascinating episode we’ve ever done!
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Links from the show
- Data Breach Chronology (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)
- Sony Apology Letter
- Equifax Laptop Stolen
- Veteran’s Data Theft
- Breakdown of HB Gary Attack
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