October 11, 2017 — Disqus Breach, 17.5Mil User Credentials Exposed
In response to the news of the prolonged breach of comments hosting site Disqus, exposing the email logins and other data of 17.5 million users from 2007 through 2012, Lisa Baergen, APR, MCC, Marketing Director at NuData Security Inc. commented below.
The ongoing, rising waves of breaches such as Disqus, which remained undetected for years, together with the compromised PII resulting from recent mega-breaches, offers fraudsters a rich palette of personal data for account takeovers. Remember that informed consumers are feeling increasingly helpless and violated, and that each new breach further informs and rightfully spreads concern. The industry must respond – both for assured, secured transactions and to restore trust – by establishing highly secure digital trust based on the user’s identity, via passive biometrics and other unique characteristics that can’t be mimicked. Digital Trust has emerged as the actual underlying currency with which customers and organizations transact. It’s retirement time for password-based authentication.
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