We printed this Q&A column in the April 10, 2019 edition of The Lewiston Tribune.
A: Yes, unfortunately Identity Theft is one of the most common outcomes following business data breaches. One study said that more than 1,200 data breaches were reported with over 400 million consumer records exposed in 2018 alone.
Practically speaking, literally all consumers’ personal information is the hands of cyber criminals who sell off the information for various identity fraud schemes. Sadly, it is not “if” but “when” that information is used against you. Consumers have little chance of preventing identity theft and must turn to active credit monitoring or get help from an identity recovery service if victimized.
John B. Sullivan, CIC
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