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Evite Data Breach

In April 2019, the popular social planning and e-invitation website, Evite, became aware of possible unauthorized activity on their systems. After an investigation concluding in May, they determined that since February of 2019 a hacker had obtained the names, usernames, email addresses and passwords of customers, and if the customers had provided them, their birthdays, phone numbers and mailing addresses. The hacker posted this information as for sale on the dark web.

Capital One Data Breach

Capital One announced on July 30, 2019 that they suffered a data breach which exposed 106 million customers information in the United States and Canada. The breach occurred on March 22 and 23 of this year, with the hacker stealing the information of customers that applied for a credit card between 2005 and 2019. The FBI has arrested the hacker.

FAFSA Data breach may have affected 100,000 people

In April of 2017, the IRS notified Congress that they discovered a breach in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid system in the fall of 2016. It allowed people to populate the system with the person's tax information. The IRS flagged 100,000 accounts of people who started an application, used in the tool, but then didn't finish it. The IRS will be sending out letters to notify you if you're one of the 100,000 accounts. If you're concerned about possible identify theft, here are some steps to help protect you:

What To Do If Your Identity was Stolen

  • If a company responsible for exposing your information offers you free credit monitoring, take advantage of it. However, beware that credit monitoring does not necessarily mean it will monitor to see if someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund.
  • Get your free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com. Check for any accounts or charges you do not recognize. 
  • Consider placing a credit freeze.

Michigan State University Data Breach

On Friday, November 18, 2016, MSU released a statement regarding a data breach. MSU has confirmed that 449 records of individuals were accessed by an unauthorized user and these records contained name and Social Security numbers. The particular database in question contained a total of approximately 400,000 records. MSU is taking every precaution possible and offering ID protection services to all 400,000 people. The database in question did not include passwords, financial, academic, contact, or health information.