Retailers aren’t the heaviest hit by hackers

Millions of private government records have been exposed

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We often hear about breaches of customer information at retailers like Target and Home Depot, but there are other hacks happening all the time, with a lot more on the line.

According to a new report by the Associated Press, the United States is spending some $10-billion a year to protect sensitive government data like military plans and social security numbers.

Intelligence experts say cyber attacks are the number one threat to our country’s security, even more so than terrorism. It’s a threat that isn’t going away in today’s digital world.

Richard Sisk of Feeding Hills told 22News, “It’s like a silent one that’s out there that you don’t know about. Businesses are out of necessity having to automate. Who knows what’s going to happen next.”

More than 87 million private records have been exposed since 2006, and unlike major retailers, the government isn’t required to make knowledge of their data breaches public.

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