According to the New York Times JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG, JP Morgan Chase said thieves stole customers contact information including names, email addresses, phone numbers and physical addresses. Most of the bank’s customer base was hacked, affecting almost two-thirds of American households. In addition about 7 million of the banks small business customers were affected as well.
SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT?
YES! Whereas a credit card can easily be canceled, personal information such as usernames and passwords, emails, names and addresses are used every day for identity theft. The only way to protect yourself is to check your bank account regularly, change your usernames and passwords often, and have a comprehensive identity theft protection plan.
This breach is huge and is the latest in a series following breaches at Home Depot, Target, Michaels, Experian, PF Changs and Microsoft. Protecting yourself has become a necessity!
Read more about this security breach in this New York Times article.