On Wednesday, LinkedIn announced that a 2012 data breach containing email addresses and passwords was much worse than originally thought. In 2012, a hacker stole 6.5 million encrypted passwords from the site and posted them on a forum for sale. Now, four years later, an additional set of data has been released with more than 100 million LinkedIn members email and password combinations from the same theft. According to a source from Motherboard, the hacker is attempting to sell 117 million records for about $2,200 in bitcoin.
It seems like everything we read these days is related to Big Data in one way or another. Big Data, Predictive Models, and Data Analytics are all changing the way businesses operate both internally and externally. We now have a deeper understanding of how to use data for our benefit, improved analytical tools to get the insights we need, and a huge pool of sources to get data from. Unfortunately, with all of the news circulating around Big Data, some myths and misconceptions have arisen. Here are some common myths:
Purchasing goods and services online has become increasingly more popular with each passing year. Shopping online gives customers a wider variety of items at lower prices, without ever even having to leave their homes. This all sounds great so… why wouldn’t everyone want to shop online? Security! Many scams and fraudulent websites appear online requesting sensitive information like date of birth, social security number, and date of birth. Of course shopping online can still be an easy and convenient way to buy what we need, so here are some tips for staying safe while shopping online: