50 Million People Have Their Private Data on the Deep Web, Security Firm Warns
Leading Brazilian digital security company PSafe recently issued a warning to all internet users everywhere, stating that over 50 million people from all over the world have private data up for grabs on the deep web. The company compares the attacks with those that hit Yahoo! and Snapchat in the past, claiming this one is even worse as private data from as much as 20.000 government agents – including NASA employees – might have also been leaked.
According to PSafe, over 20 countries were affected, and the first on the list Is the U.S., with data from over 1,2 million people being leaked. The cybercriminals have reportedly got their hands on private information which includes people’s home address, e-mail account, and credit card information. Reportedly, the company got to such high numbers by analyzing leaked data on the deep web.
PSafe included in its warning some basic security tips, such as having a strong password that mixes letters and numbers, taking a few security steps when using public Wi-Fi, and using antivirus software.
The company warns numbers may increase as not enough users are taking security seriously whenever they are surfing the internet. This can lead to long-term losses as leaked data can end up in the wrong hands.
PSsafe isn’t a world-renowned digital security company, but in Brazil and Latin America the company seems to be extremely popular, as their flagship product “PSafe TOTAL Android” got to 1st place on Google Play after the company reported a malicious plugin was targeting Bank of Brazil’s customers.
The company is currently expanding its services in Latin America and will soon come to Europe, starting off with Portugal and Spain. It recently got a $360 million evaluation after receiving $30 million from existing investors such as Qihoo 360 and Pinnacle.
The company has, in the past, reported that its software removed 45 million from users infected with a “virtual plague” that allowed their computers to be remotely used by hackers.
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