Discuss: US Government Data Breach

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July 9, 2015 at 17:13:59
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that 22 million social security numbers were stolen by breaches into US government databases. Discuss here if you think your data has ever been compromised, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
July 10, 2015 at 13:10:39
Years ago, I bought a new router with my debit card at Best Buy. The next day, my account was frozen for suspicious activity. Someone in Chicago had hit my bank account for $750.00. They got my debit card info. The bank reimbursed me, so no personal loss. I've used my debit card for years and never had a problem until then. I guess you never know.

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#2
July 11, 2015 at 06:37:37
Most likely your card was skimmed (magnetic strip copied).
Did the Best Buy guy/girl disappear with your card for a minute?

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#3
July 11, 2015 at 06:56:40
Hi Sluc,

I suspect that's what happened, but I stood right there while the cashier swiped my card in front of me. I'm not even positive it happened at that store, but the next day I was hacked. Could have been a Geek Squader that worked there. We'll never know.


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#4
July 13, 2015 at 22:17:06
Up until sometime in the '80's in some states you had to have your social security number on your drivers license. I remember someone asking one of those consumer help columns in the newspaper if having your SSN out there like that was a good idea. In answer the columnist poo poo'd the idea that any harm could come of it. Now you're supposed to guard your number with your life and never give it out.

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