Having your personal information stolen is one of the scariest prospects around. We've been telling you about cybercrime being on the rise for quite a while now. One of the most shocking stories lately is how a hacker is targeting patients and hospitals. Read our story on how your health records are at risk to refresh your memory.
We've just learned of a new attack that has exposed the information of hundreds of thousands of people. I'll tell you who is at risk and if you should be concerned.
One of the most popular free-to-play games on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One has fallen victim to an attack. The site that hosts "Warframe" was hacked at the end of 2014 but the data breach was only recently discovered. The breach was originally thought to be a phishing scam, but after scouring through data it has been verified as real.
Information on over 775,000 game players is being traded by scammers in the digital underground. The stolen information includes email addresses, usernames and dates when the player created their account. Personal information, such as account passwords, home addresses, billing and payment details were not a part of the data breach.
With everyone spending so much time online these days it's a good idea to take some precautions to keep personal information safe. Here are a few ideas on how you can protect yourself:
- Change your passwords for all of your online accounts, especially anywhere you've used references to data hackers may have obtained through a breach.
- Keep an eye on your credit reports. If there's anything fishy going on, contact your bank or credit card provider and don't be afraid to freeze your accounts.
- Keep an eye on your email accounts and snail mail, too. Scammers can use the information they've obtained for phishing scams.
You can stay on top of all of the latest threats by reading our Happening Now section.