Hackers Have Stolen More Than 500 Million Financial Records
Federal officials warned companies that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building.
According to the FBI, we're in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement.
Nearly 439 million records have been stolen in the past six months. Nearly 519 million records were stolen in the past 12 months.
About 35% of the thefts were from website breaches, 22% were from cyberespionage, 14% occurred at the point of sale when someone bought something at a retail store, and 9% came when someone swiped a credit or debit card.
About 110 million Americans, equivalent to about 50% of U.S. adults, have had their personal data exposed in some form in the past year.
Businesses need to reach out to the FBI and Secret Service for tips on how to protect their data before something happens. The FBI says, no one is going to solve this problem on their own.