Johns Hopkins Professor On Recent Mastercard/Visa Data Breach

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The Baltimore Sun has an interesting look at the recent Mastercard/Visa data breach (we tackled that topic here last week), including the scary realization that we may never know if the Global Payments breach leads to identity theft since most victims of identity theft have no idea how they became a victim.

The article includes an interview with Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins computer science professor, who notes that the breach is another reminder that despite all of our attempts to keep personal information out of the hands of thieves, we still are vulnerable:

“We talk so much about what to protect our computer from — viruses and not going to the wrong site and giving away your passwords. Then the server that has all the credit cards gets compromised. All of that protection we tell the consumer to take with their own data goes out the window.”

 

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.