Information Age: Leaked info of 50 million Turkish citizens could be largest breach of personal data ever

April 5 — Leaked info of 50 million Turkish citizens could be largest breach of personal data ever
Hacktivists have uploaded a more than six and a half gigabyte torrent file containing a list of over 49 million citizens’ personal details.

‘With the level of information released in the recent Turkish breach, criminals have solid profiles on individuals that can be used to create new bank accounts, access existing accounts, or acquire false government issued identification documents in order to perpetuate all manners of maleficence, including financial crimes and terrorism,’ said Capps.

‘As the amount of stolen personal data continues to skyrocket, traditional authentication techniques such as static usernames and passwords, and other fact based authentication, will become far less effective. Having the correct credentials is simply one part of the equation, but in today’s world, being able to truly verify that it’s the correct human on the other side of the machine is the holy grail.’

‘Clearly, the data is out there in the hands of cyber criminals, with more data joining it every day. How we address the usefulness of this data, will greatly shape the quantity and scale of future data breaches, and related identity crimes to come.’

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