One billion. That’s a huge number. In today’s economy where we talk about trillions of national debt, it can seem minuscule, and then something happens that reminds us just how big 1 billion can be. Sometimes it leaves us in awe, like looking at the stars in the night sky, and sometimes it makes us gasp in disbelief.
Unfortunately, this time it’s the latter. Yahoo recently announced that more than 1 billion user accounts had been hacked. This is in addition to a previous disclosure that more than 500 million accounts had been compromised in 2014. So in total, more than 1.5 billion accounts are now compromised. That’s an incredibly large number! In fact the New York Times calls the two attacks “the largest known security breaches of one company’s computer network.”
Getting hacked is a scary occurrence. It’s a major reason why you have security measures put into place. You try to avoid it as much as you can, but getting outsmarted by hackers happens to the best of us. The good news is that as long as you approach your hacking incident in a reasonable way, you can limit the amount of damage that’s done to your infrastructure.