Just as summer calls for a wardrobe refresh, different databases across the tech world are getting updates as well.
Hacking is an entirely commonplace practice these days, even though it does seem to come as a surprise when it happens. Some film portrayals of hackers show grand data centers with flashing lights and typists furiously clicking away, obtaining entrance to secure government files. However, many hackers don't need highly sophisticated software to gain access to any number of locations.
Over the course of the past year or so, there have been many incidents where government and enterprise information became accessible to hackers. There was outcry from across the country, claiming that these institutions should have done more to protect the personal information of citizens and consumers.
Here's a statistic: 21 million. What is that in reference to? That's how many people have been affected by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management data breach.
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Regular readers of this blog are very familiar with the database vulnerability problems that IT professionals are facing around the world, seemingly on a daily basis. And though these individuals and their colleagues work tirelessly to find holes and create solutions, hackers still have many opportunities to find ways into secure databases and cause quite a panic.
By the end of this year, 2015 may be known as "The year of all the data breaches." It seems as though every week holds a new security flaw and news that more information has been compromised or exploited. The month of June saw announcements of many unfortunate breaches, though the attacks themselves took place before summer.
It can be difficult to get a security breach under control. Once the problem is at a manageable level, it's important to check what other areas need servicing. Hopefully the incident was just caused by the single vulnerability, but chances are there will be more to follow. That seems to be the nature of technology, first one thing and then inevitably another comes along. This certainly appears to be the case for the United States' databases, and specifically the ones in the Office of Personnel Management, as another vulnerability was found in the database.