In the wake of the announcement that popular online ticket marketplace, StubHub, suffered a data breach, Better Business Serving Southern Arizona is cautioning consumers to take steps to safeguard their online privacy.
Law enforcement authorities arrested seven suspects- from Russia to New York- on Wednesday, accusing them of hacking into more than 1,000 StubHub accounts, and placing orders for more than 1.6 million tickets.
In a departure from the sort of data breach that affected Target and their customers in late 2013, StubHub said the hackers didn’t break directly into StubHub’s system, rather they stole account information from individual consumers using viruses downloaded onto personal computers, or through data breaches on other websites.
While StubHub has already alerted the victims of the alleged fraud and provided refunds to them, BBB is cautioning consumers to be extremely careful when sharing personal and financial information online.
Financial information and personal information stored on any website can potentially be stolen by scammers and used to drain bank accounts or steal identities. Consumers should be careful about which websites they share this information with, and should regularly check their credit reports and bank account statements for irregular activity.
Consumers should also be mindful to always make sure their computer’s anti-virus software is updated to prevent scammers from installing viruses on their computers that allow third parties to steal personal and financial information.
Additionally, BBB provides the following tips to help consumers avoid falling victim to a data breach or identity theft: