I have reported to you numerous times over the last couple of years about the actions of The Dark Overlord an infamous hacking group that has been behind many high profile hackings including that of Netflix, ABC as well as numerous other hackings of hospitals, schools and others such as last year’s hacking of London Bridge Plastic Surgery (LBPS), one of the leading cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK. The Dark Overlord threatened to release the names and photographs of patients of LBPS  including photographs of genitalia and breast enhancement surgeries.  The services of London Bridge Plastic Surgery have been used by many celebrities and even, supposedly, by members of the Royal family. Over the years The Dark Overlord has stolen Social Security numbers and other personal information that may have been sold for identity theft purposes.
Now, through a joint effort of the FBI and Serbian law enforcement, a 38 year old Serb was arrested and is being charged with being a member of The Dark Overlord hacking group although his precise role in the group is not known at this time.
This arrest could be a significant step in the war against hackers. However, the type of hacking done by groups such as The Dark Overlord is yet another example of the fact that regardless of how vigilant you are at protecting your privacy, you are only as secure as the places with the weakest security that have your personal data, photographs or anything related to you.  The key, in particular, when you do business with any person, company or other entity that will have anything you would want to keep private, is to inquire as to what they do to protect your privacy and security.  Too many companies and other entities fail miserably at taking basic security precautions including encryption. Also, limit as much as you can, the people to whom you give your Social Security number. Your doctor may ask for your Social Security number, but he or she does not need it.
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