The digital age offers us the convenience of online data storage but it also leaves us vulnerable to data breach attacks. These attacks can be caused by digital criminals looking to take advantage of or sell peoples’ personal identity and financial information.
More often than not, they seem to be caused by programmers who want to show off their hacking skills by breaching big name companies. After completing the breach, they sometimes show little interest in retaining or taking advantage of the breached information, often dumping the information publicly for all to see. These potentially at-risk data banks are stored on a variety of well known websites which, despite attempts at securing this information, has been breached by hackers on many occasions.
In May 2015, Ask.RU, also known as Спрашивай.ру and Sprashivai.Ru, which is a website operated out of Russia that publishes anonymous reviews on just about anything, was hacked and almost 6.7MM users’ dates of birth, email addresses, genders, geographic locations, passwords and IP addresses were compromised and published online.