Sadly something that is becoming far too common. A data breach is when protected, sensitive information is copied, viewed or stolen. This data often consists of account details like: Passwords, Usernames, e-mail addresses and bank card details. Once the hacker has this information, it’s likely to be sold, or published on an unsecure illegal website. In the wrong hands this information is then used to impersonate a chosen account holder. Knowing an individual’s username, password, date of birth, home address etc makes it easier to gain access to more secure account’s which could produce a financial reward. This could be done by simply contacting the account holder and impersonating e.g. a bank employee. Often knowing personal details is enough to convince the account holder that they are taking a genuine call.