Announcements in late 2013 and early 2014 of worldwide security breaches revealed that the personal information of more than 100 million individuals had been stolen. In the United States, a staggering 43 million of these were accounted for by 2 specific breaches alone! In December 2013 retail giant Target Corp announced the loss of credit and debit card information of 40 million customers, and in April 2014, nationwide arts and crafts chain Michaels announced that the credit and debit information on 3 million customers was lost. Both incidents were attributed to malware attacks. With the announcement of each new breach, awareness of the vulnerability of critical infrastructures connected to the Internet increases, as does the need for secure system components that are immune to cyber-attack.
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