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Behind closed doors – how do hackers use your personal information?

You may have been the victim of a data breach or online hack. Or you may have just heard about the bad things a risky situation such as identity theft can cause to someone. But do you know exactly what a hacker can do with your personal and financial information?

Hackers operate in different ways, but the end result is mainly the same: they would steal your information and use it in their benefit. Surprisingly enough, they are not always interested in making money; some are just so ambitious that they just want to prove a point, such as how vulnerable the online system of a big company is.

Regardless of the reasons that lie behind their actions, it’s time that you find out the possible risks you’re exposed to when a mass data breach (such as the most recent and much talked about Equifax case) occurs.

First, here is the big picture: online fraud cases similar to Equifax are the most dangerous because they would reveal the most important of your private information: social security number along with financial information (credit and debit card details, amount of your salary, etc.), plus personal information like birth date and home address. These are like wholesale candy for hackers and this information combined would make it all easier to commit frauds.

Here is what a hacker can do with your personal details such as social security number, e-mail address and/or phone number:

  1. Apply for a loan or credit card

With your social security number, a hacker can open a bank account or apply for a loan in your name. As you may guess, the moment the loan needs to be repaid, the hacker will simply consider it’s not his/her duty to do that, so you’ll start receiving calls from the bank, since your name and personal details are linked to the loan or bank account.

       2. Rent a home under your name

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Fake Leak: No, CyberGhost has NOT been hacked

Contrary to the claims of an unknown hacker group, initially issuing themselves as Anonymous hacker, no credit card information has been stolen from CyberGhost’s servers and published. The reason is obvious: CyberGhost itself handles no payments and therefore has no access to credentials or has any infrastructure to save it. Accordingly, the published list only contains a rather lame collection of expired serial numbers from past promotions …

At Christmas, a group of anonymous hackers filled the headlines, presenting a Sony hack and, later on, asserted via Twitter, to have hacked various companies and stolen their customer data, including UbiSoft, VCC, Brazzers, UFC TV, XBL Gamers, Twitch TV, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Dell, Walmart , EA Games, and, ultimately, CyberGhostVPN. Initially known as ‘Anonymous’, then as ‘Lizard Squad’, the group seemed to have access to different companies and collected a list of over 13,000 accounts on Amazon, Playstation, Xbox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retailers as well as entertainment and adult platforms. The list includes credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. As a little extra, the hacker also published a copy of the controversial Kim de Jong lampoon movie ’The Interview’.

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Of course we can’t say anything about the truth of the allegations regarding the other affected companies, this is still to be reviewed, but as far as CyberGhost is concerned, we can give the all clear. CyberGhost itself does not accept payments and therefore has no data collection of credentials or else. In fact CyberGhost relies for payment processing on the e-commerce company cleverbridge – whose name is not on the list.

So what exactly has being published then, if not credit card data? Well, a series of expired serial numbers for CyberGhost subscriptions, grabbed at earlier campaigns and other promotions, plus some occasional license keys from recent actions (which were disabled during the last few days). So the purpose of the publication is rather unknown; it neither proves the existence of a vulnerability nor does it benefit someone.

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