Got a Mortgage? Your Information Might Be Included In Massive Hack
If you bought a house and applied for a mortgage, you just might have had all the information on your mortgage application and subsequent mortgage compromised.
How? Well, one of the largest real estate title insurance companies left 16 years of their digitized records on an unprotected web site — yes, that means anyone with a web browser could access them.
What is in a mortgage application — just a few pieces of private personal information that might contain detailed information that cybercriminals could use to steal from you — like images of your driver’s license, bank wire transaction receipts, tax records, mortgages including addresses, social security numbers, bank account numbers, and statements.
I don’t know about you, but if I ran a company that earned a whopping $5.7 billion in 2018 alone and had a staff of over 18,000 I would be sure to employ some of the best information security professionals I could hire, but no that was not the case. It is another glaring example, like Equifax, where profits and business took precedence over even instituting and complying with the most basic security procedures.
They readily collect our most private data, yet feel no obligation to adequately (or even basically) protect it.