A Brief History of the Last Decade’s Biggest Data Breaches
In 2017, reports of companies’ newly leaked data seem to fill the media every week. Indeed, statistics are showing a staggering amount of compromised data from these last 5 months alone. We’re not even at the year’s halfway mark yet, but experts are reporting that 2017’s data losses could top the all-time charts. As of May 23, there have been 1,254 publicly stated breaches, alongside 4,837 published vulnerabilities. With more leaks looming in the imminent future, we decided to take a trip down memory lane. Let us present to you some of the worst data breaches from the last 10 years.
2017: River City Media
When it comes to River City Media (RCM), the spammers got a taste of their own medicine. Known for sending spam emails and indulging in hacking behaviors, RCM’s fishy operations were going swimmingly until a faulty backup caused a leak of 1.37 billion email addresses. The company’s business logs, employee chats, and accounts also became accessible to the public.
Many Americans heard about 2015’s Ashley Madison data breach, but AdultFriendFinder took a much larger hit. Similarly used as a dating database for swingers, 300 million accounts on the website were hacked, compared to the 32 million breached profiles at Ashley Madison. Usernames, passwords, and email addresses became publicly available. While the passwords were encrypted, LeakedSource boasted that they were able to crack 99% of them.
2014: Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures didn’t just suffer one data breach, but a series of attacks spread over several months. Starting in November 2014, a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace broke into the Hollywood film studio’s database. The hackers then exposed a slew of confidential data, including employees’ personal information, company emails, and even four then-unreleased movies. An estimated $100 million USD was lost by Sony Pictures, both from suffering the data dump and cleaning up its messy aftermath.
In 2013 and 2014 Yahoo suffered two massive data breaches, which together compromised over a billion user accounts. The email giant didn’t disclose these attacks until 2016, when they advised users to change their passwords. Both hacks exposed users’ personal information, such as their full names, birthdays, phone numbers, and their encrypted passwords.
2012: Court Ventures
Owned by Experian, one of the USA’s largest credit bureaus, Court Ventures inadvertently sold its clients’ private data to a Vietnamese crime ring. The fraudsters posed as an American private investigator, and Court Ventures fell for it. The company was tricked into handing over banking information, credit card details, and even social security numbers. Reportedly, over 200 million records were compromised.
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