A security firm in Milwaukee is getting the credit for discovering the massive data breach calling it “the largest data breach known to date.”
The group of Russian hackers has apparently compromised somewhere around 420,000 websites. The security firm, Hold Security, isn’t releasing any specific information yet. It’s unclear if any banks or other financial institutions are included.
KRMG’s Clark Howard says anyone who thinks their personal information has been stolen, at any time, should freeze their credit. Clark says it’s only about $3.00 per credit bureau.
“Even if someone gets all the information they need, like in this breach the Russians apparently have our social security numbers, they cannot apply for credit as if they’re me because my credit’s frozen.” Howard said.
He says it’s also a good idea to keep some variety in your passwords, making your bank passwords more complex. Howard also recommends using a password service like Dashlane.