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Millions of text messages were carelessly exposed by a marketing firm

Jon Fingas
Associate Editor
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    TruthHurts
    The real question is why does this marketing firm have access to anyones text messages?
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    Gork
    What happened to Sarbanes-Oxley laws where CEOs of Corporations were to be held responsible for data breaches in their Corporate systems?
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    TheWanderer
    Want to solve this problem, make ANY Company that has a data breach, data not encrypted, pay for lifetime credit monitoring for the victim with the credit monitoring firm of the victim's choice. Watch how fast industry gets the problem resolved. You could use a sliding scale, SSN is lifetime credit monitoring, any medical information lifetime monitoring, email or phone number 10 years monitoring, drivers license gets you four years credit monitoring.
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    John
    Why are we surprised? Read up on computer/data security.
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    G_D
    We've all been exposed several times over. At this point, the best thing you can do is get into the rhythm of always changing your passwords, never giving out any part of your SSN unless in person (lie if you have to), and link your online accounts to several different email addresses.
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    William
    For all you commenting about your lack of concern over your boring texts; that's not what the data contained.
    "The exposed messages aren't going to include private conversations"
    "The messages sometimes included sensitive info like recipients' full names, email addresses and phone numbers, but the accounts' data was noticeably worse. You could find usernames, email addresses and a mix of clearly visible and lightly-encrypted passwords"
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    julina
    This is why I give no one my info, even at the store say Walgreens, when they ask you to put your phone number in to save I always give the same fake phone number for all these stores that have a key tag savings card, once they collect your data they sell it to some marketing firm
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    Edward
    When you have any phone with apps you basically give away all privacy
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    Steven
    At this point I think my information has been leaked in a million different ways. I get so many spam calls that I just let my voicemail answer any numbers that I don't know.
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    linda
    well, the people who create the software are those doing the hacking. can't convince me that this isn't so!