Major data breaches were low this month, but that doesn’t mean hackers are on vacation. Data breaches in the first half of 2021 exposed upwards of 18.8 billion records. Hackers and cybercriminals are armed with databases of personal records and can use them to carry to phishing and vishing scams, synthetic identity theft and more.
Here are the recent data breaches that made headlines in July 2021:
U.S. healthcare provider, Forefront Dermatology, announced unauthorized access to its IT systems exposed the personal data and medical records of up to 2.4 million patients. The data exposed included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, patient account numbers, health insurance plan member ID numbers, healthcare provider names, and/or medical and clinical treatment information among other sensitive data.
The fashion retailer, Guess, notified an undisclosed number of customers of a data breach following a ransomware attack that resulted in a data breach. Sensitive information including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers and/or financial account numbers may have been accessed or acquired.