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NYT Quiz Helps Americans Determine if They've Been Hacked

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 02:16 PM

A new report brings attention to the millions of Americans who have been subjected to hackers, using examples of how people's data can be stolen.

The New York Times piece offers a "quiz" that helps readers determine how often their personal information has been exposed to hackers.

Several high-profile hacks have occurred in recent memory, including one on severs at the Office of Personnel Management that left more than 21 million current and former federal workers victimized.

The Times asks a series of questions, either yes/no or multiple choice, that help determine whether someone's information may have been exposed.

Following the OPM hack, which also included the theft of 1.1 million fingerprints, many experts pointed to China as the culprit.

The incident led some to question whether the government can be trusted to keep Americans' personal information safe.

In another high-profile incident, North Korean hackers are alleged to have gotten into Sony's network and released damaging emails from studio executives.

Other recent hacks include one on the IRS, in which the agency said the tax information for more than 100,000 Americans was stolen, Home Depot, and Target.

A report earlier this month claimed the computer systems for retailers such as Home Depot and Target are more secure than those of several contractors working with the Department of Defense.

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A new report brings attention to the millions of Americans who have been subjected to hackers, using examples of how people's data can be stolen.
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