119 million MyHeritage and Ticketfly records were hacked

Last week, criminals hacked 119 million records from MyHeritage, an online DNA and genealogy testing service, and Ticketfly, an online ticket distribution site.

Hacked websites cause chaos

According to MarketWatch, 92 million MyHeritage email addresses and ‘hashed’ passwords were hacked. Ticketfly announced that the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of approximately 27 million Ticketfly accounts were breached. As a result, at the last-minute venues had to find alternative methods to sell tickets, but some events were postponed or cancelled, and Ticketfly’s websites went down.

Although both organizations worked diligently to put in place security measures and support their customers – MyHeritage set up a 24/7 security customer support team following the breach – customers should be confident that the information they share with organizations is safe.

Give customers confidence by becoming GDPR compliant

May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changed the way organizations collect and process the personal data of EU residents. The GDPR applies to EU organizations, and non-EU organizations that monitor the behavior of or offer goods and services to EU residents. Organizations should therefore determine whether the GDPR applies to them, and revise their information handling processes to ensure compliance if necessary.

Part of complying with the GDPR is taking “organizational and technical measures” to keep the data of your customers safe, which in turn protects your organization’s credibility and trustworthiness.

To help organizations protect themselves and assure their customers that their data is safe, IT Governance USA is running a Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (GDPR) Online Training Course, July 16. Learn from the experts how the GDPR affects your organization, understand the implementation path to ensure GDPR compliance, and avoid the heavy fines and loss of reputation resulting from data breaches.