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Data LivesHow Data Are Made and Shape Our World$
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Rob Kitchin

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529215144

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529215144.001.0001

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Data Theft

Data Theft

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Data Lives

Rob Kitchin

Policy Press

This chapter details the consequences of data breaches for a company and its customers. Someone has discovered that the company has stored personal details of customers in an unencrypted database on an insecure server located somewhere in Idaho. Unfortunately, an enterprising hacker has put up the entire database for sale on the dark web. The company suspects that somebody probably fell for a phishing attack, then someone got in and dismantled their cybersecurity. As it turns out, other companies, governments, and city administration have all been victims of data breaches. Data breaches could cost companies millions as customers could sue them for identity theft.

Keywords:   data breaches, personal details, personal data, unencrypted database, hackers, dark web, phishing attack, cybersecurity, identity theft

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