STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In response to a string of data breaches among such retailers as American Airlines, DoorDash, Uber and U-Haul over the last month, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, is calling on the federal government to crack down on cyber hackers.
Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ensure companies are doing everything they can to protect consumer data. In addition, he wants the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully investigate and go after hackers aiming to harm Americans and New Yorkers.
Schumer on Sunday cited a March 2022 law that gave the feds more oversight on hacks, and said more public information for impacted consumers should be made available. The new law, the Cyber Incident Reporting Act, according to Bloomberg, mandated that companies report hacks to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security within 72 hours of discovery of the incident, and 24 hours if they make a ransomware payment.
“In roughly the last 30 days, vital and personal information has been hacked at many major U.S. companies, compromising people’s privacy. Yet, if you ask most people about these hacks they don’t even know they occurred and the feds are saying very little,” said Schumer. “In fact, for a lot of consumers, unless you have a service—which often comes at a cost—you are not aware of these breaches and hacks. And in some cases, even if you do have a service that alerts you, information about where your personal information went, the origin of the hack and so much more is elusive.”
Schumer said many consumers are “clueless” about these recent hacks and others that have preceded them. He wants the feds to publicly disclose more details about recent breaches, and give impacted consumers more help and information.
“The feds have a law on the books to glean more information on major hacks, so the message today is: give consumers the details and investigate who is hacking,” said Schumer. “If a company is not doing right by their customers’ very personal information, then hold them to account as well. That is the two-pronged message today.”
RECENT DATA BREACHES
According to Schumer’s office, here are the most recent data breaches:
Sept. 20: American…