Despite Decades of Hacking Attacks, Companies Leave Vast Amounts of Sensitive Data Unprotected

Posted on AllSides January 25th, 2022
From The Left
Cath Virginia, special to ProPublica

Consider some of the episodes last year in which large quantities of personal data were stolen: 300 million customer and device records for users of a service that’s supposed to shield internet traffic from prying eyes; a 17.6-million-row database from a second organization, containing profiles of people who participated in its market research surveys; 59 million email addresses and other personal data lifted from a third company. These sorts of numbers barely raise an eyebrow these days; none of the incidents generated major press coverage.

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