Web access keeps doors open to security problems

04/21/2014 10:35 AM

04/22/2014 6:41 PM

Michaels Stores joins the list of retailers who’ve been hacked.

The store reports that 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all credit and debit cards used at its stores may have been at risk in the security breach. Aaron Brothers, a subsidiary, may also have been attacked potentially affecting about 400,000 cards, The Associated Press reports.

The two companies join Target, which last year reported that a security breach affected 40 million debit and credit cards. Neiman Marcus also reported that at least 1.1 million credit and debit card holders may have been exposed to a security breach.

If that’s not bad enough, people who have Affordable Care Act accounts with HealthCare.gov are being advised to change their passwords. A review shows a vulnerability to the Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

It used to be stores, government buildings and even churches had to have security systems in addition to locks to keep thieves out when the stores were closed. The Internet changed all of that, making places more vulnerable because of what’s potentially accessible online.

Security measures are in place, but thieves constantly work at finding new vulnerabilities. As long as there are hackers, there will be security problems with valuable information that hackers can access through the Internet.

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