“Companies can’t keep your data safe. It’s that simple.
When Target lost data on some 110 million customers, it sent them to credit bureau Experian for “identity theft protection.”
Think you’re in better hands? Think again.
Sometime before the Target (TGT) hack, Experian had its own data leak — via a subsidiary. It unknowingly sold the personal data of millions of Americans — including Social Security numbers — to a fraudster in Vietnam. That guy then sold the personal information to identity thieves around the globe.
It wasn’t until U.S. Secret Service agents alerted Experian that the company stopped.
That data leak got plugged before Target sent victims to Experian. But it shows that even those entrusted with our most sensitive data don’t know how to protect it…..”