Experian catches ’em, but how do you prevent ’em?

I just read yet another breach report Experian filed with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. The sequence generally goes like this:

  • Someone acquires the Experian login for one of Experian’s clients.
  • The login is misused to access credit report and info on people.
  • The breach is discovered.
  • Login is changed.
  • The individuals are notified and offered credit monitoring.

This time it was Iowa Telecommunications whose login wound up in the wrong hands.

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2 comments to “Experian catches ’em, but how do you prevent ’em?”

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  1. adam - January 19, 2011

    You prevent ’em with two-factor authentication tokens. You know, like the ones you can get for World of Warcraft.

    • admin - January 19, 2011

      If someone can get the login credentials, could they possibly also defeat two-factor authentication? Does it matter how they’re acquiring the login?

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