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Federal Officials Warn That Hackers Stole More Than 500 Million Financial Records in 1 Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

These bank robbers don’t wear masks or slip notes to a teller.

“We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

The FBI and Secret Service warned companies that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records of the past year, the USA Today reports [2].

“You’re going to be hacked,” Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyberdivision, told business leaders at a  cybersecurity event. “Have a plan.”

Personal data for about half of U.S. adults have been exposed in some form, officials said.

“No one is going to solve this problem on their own,” said Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Grasso of the FBI. “This is something we all need to work together on.”