Data breaches can be unsettling — especially when the original source of the data exposed cannot be identified.
And, that’s exactly what happened in a recent data breach, reported on April 29th, 2019. The sensitive personal information of more than 80 million American households was found unprotected on a Microsoft cloud server, accessible since February 2019. The database includes peoples’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, geographical location, income, and other demographic information.
Whoever uploaded this data is the one responsible for securing it. While they have yet to be identified as of May 3rd, 2019, Microsoft released a statement saying that the organization responsible had been notified, and the database has been taken offline.
Resources for Data Breach Victims
It takes just two pieces of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for a fraudster to commit synthetic identity theft. By combining the information exposed in this data breach with a Social Security number, your identity can be fully compromised.
With one in three victims of a data breach later going on to experience identity crimes, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you stay protected. Access them below:
- Password Strength Test
- 9 Tips for Data Breach Victims
- 7 Tips for Protecting Your Identity
- 2019 Data Breaches – The Worst So Far