Organizations are continuously ignoring breach notifications while they expose sensitive data to hackers. When these breaches are forced to the surface, there is a lack sincere acknowledgment and cooperation to help prevent future accidents and attacks. Instead, they release 'surface' blanket statements claiming how they "take security" seriously while they deflect and minimize the real damage.
The lack of accountability is becoming all to common. When will companies take responsibility when data breaches happen?
Last month, a local California newspaper left more than 19 million voter records exposed online. Gizmodo confirmed this week that the records were compromised during an apparent ransomware attack. The Sacramento Bee said in a statement that a firewall protecting its database was not restored during routine maintenance last month, leaving the 19,501,258 voter files publicly accessible. Additionally, the names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of 52,873 Sacramento Bee subscribers were compromised.