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Sacred only in the eyes of the beholder?

Just this past week I got word that Lynda.com’s database had been breached. The notice I received can be seen farther below.
It’s an utter shame what the modern world has become. As if it the unabashed, constant barrage of intrusions into our lives wasn’t enough, there are numerous instances of hacking going on. This isn’t a quick write-up to bash those ultra-technophiles who stand behind the attacks but rather I’m singling out the supposed high-tech company targets whose responsibilities involve protecting the private information of customers.
Honestly, there should be a law punishing these companies for not doing a better job of safeguarding our information. These businesses should be fined for every instance of a compromised account; or better yet, we, as customers, should be compensated in some form or fashion for each and every breach.
As if we had the time to be babysitting these muck-ups. I use that description mind you in consideration of how mindboggling it is that some of these companies are supposed to be tech-savvy institutions. Of course it’s not always a matter of a technologically inclined company being hacked but as well, for instance, financial institutions. How often must we, the public, read about yet another bank’s security system being penetrated?
So, it’s with all of this in mind that New Yorkled intends to post on a regular basis items concerning recent hacks and such. Somehow I’m thinking there’ll be plenty fodder on which to feed.
Lynda.com’s recent message:

“”We recently became aware that an unauthorized third party breached a database that included some of your Lynda.com learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed. We are informing you of this issue out of an abundance of caution.

Please know that we have no evidence that this data included your password. And while we have no evidence that your specific account was accessed or that any data has been made publicly available, we wanted to notify you as a precautionary measure.

If you have questions, we encourage you to contact us through our Support Center.

The Lynda.com team””

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