Banco Cantonal de Ginebra | Fabrice Coffrini | AFP
Piratas informáticos robaron los datos de miles de clientes del Banco Cantonal de Ginebra (BCGE), anunció este jueves la entidad, que se declara víctima de una extorsión por lo que ha presentado una querella. Autoridades confirmaron que se ha abierto una investigación judicial.
El ataque informático se produjo al principio de semana a través de la página web del banco, que fue reivindicado por el grupo de hackers Rex Mundi a través de Twitter. La organización reclama 10.000 euros para el viernes porque de lo contrario amenaza con publicar los 30.000 correos electrónicos robados de clientes, según el diario suizo Le Temps.
Passwords and personal data were stolen in eBay’s cyberattack. Here’s how to protect your information against future hacks
Ebay suffering the biggest hack of all time led to the exposure of lots of personal data including postal addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers for millions of people around the world.
While the company insists no financial information was stolen, private personal data still holds a lot of value.
But what options do users have when a site demands personal information as a condition of use, with no way of determining how secure that data will be?
“We have to take care of our data, but in many circumstances if we want to use a service we have no choice but to surrender data, stuff that is very difficult to change,” Rik Ferguson, global vice president of security research at security software firm Trend Micro, told the Guardian in the wake of the hack.
“It’s all very well telling everyone to go out and change their passwords, but you can’t go and change your postal address, telephone number, name and date of birth.”
Shopping services need your postal address to deliver goods, for instance, media services need your date of birth to verify age, and a taxi firm will need your phone number to alert you when its car arrives outside your door.
“All organisations that are hold any sort of private or financial information should absolutely be encrypting that data at all times – there is no excuse for not doing so,” says Ferguson.
Unfortunately, eBay’s hack has proved that not all companies are as good at protecting your personal data as they should be.
“All data that is shared should be done so in the knowledge that it absolutely is at risk from targeted attack. All of that data has financial value to the attacker, and they will continue to go after it.”