Yohance Bowden

July 14, 2015

The Changing Threat Posed by Recent Cyber Attacks

The last 18 months have been a bonanza for cyber criminals. In January, 2014 Target announced that personal information had been stolen from over 110 million accounts; over 83 million accounts at JP Morgan were hacked in August and in September Home Depot acknowledged that 56 million customer accounts were accessed when its payment system was breached. Other well known companies were victimized as well: Neiman Marcus, Yahoo! Mail and even PF Chang’s China Bistro all reported major breaches involving customer data. Just before the start of the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday, news reports began to emerge about a potentially significant data breach at Sony Pictures.