This article talks about security breach that will affect verty many people in the USA. It can cause need to rethink the current sloppy security practices on many companies – the identifying data many companies use has now leaked out.
The private data of 143 million Equifax “customers” is now available for download. Have no doubt: This means you will be hacked. This means your SIM card can be spoofed. This means someone will try to get into your email and online accounts. This means someone will try to open a credit card in your name.
First, we cannot allow our most precious data to be accessible via the last four digits of our social security number.
Further, we must also outlaw SMS two-factor authentication. In fact, thanks to the data stolen from Equifax, that process can be easily broken.
Mistakes happen. Ultimately we must hold these companies that keep leaking sensitive data accountable for their fails. In short, it’s time for those who are careless big data to die.
USA might need to look outside the US for leadership in security.