The 2010s have undoubtedly seen the most significant hacks and data breaches since the dawn of computers and the internet.
Of the 15 largest data breaches in history, 10 took place in the past decade adding up to nearly 4 billion records stolen in total.
According to a recent study by cybersecurity firm
Kastle Systems, here are the 10 most serious data breaches (ranked by the number of records seized by hackers) in the US from the past decade.
Target 2013: 40 million credit and debit card accounts exposed
Hackers gained access to Target’s database by compromising a third-party A/C contractor working for the company.
Equifax 2017: 143 million users private information accessed
Hackers stole names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and even passports.
eBay 2014: 145 million users login credentials compromised
“Cyberattackers compromised a small number of employee log-in credentials, allowing unauthorized access to eBay’s corporate network.”
Under Armour 2018: 150 million user logins and emails stolen
Users of the companies food and nutrition app,
MyFitnessPal, were hit by the data breach. Under Armour’s shares took a significant drop when word of the security compromise was made public.
Adobe 2013: 152 million user records potentially stolen
The company tried to lighten the negative publicity by claiming only 38 million actual users were affected, and the rest were
“invalid Adobe IDs, inactive Adobe IDs, Adobe IDs with invalid encrypted passwords, and test account data”.
Nasdaq 2013: 160 million records stolen
In 2013, a cyber-crime ring targeted multiple companies including
Nasdaq, 7-Eleven, and J.C. Penny. It was later revealed the hackers were in cahoots with Albert Gonzalez, a Miami-based hacker who had already been charged with cybercrimes in 2010 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
And they would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling Federal Prosecutors.
Adult Networking Sites 2016: 412 million accounts stolen
Social media sites including
AdultFriendFinder, Cams, iCams, Stripshow, and Penthouse, who are all owned by FriendFinder Networks Inc., were affected by the security leak. The company discovered the breach only after it was brought to their attention by a Twitter user.
You would think after only one year since the Ashley Madison breach of 2015 people would be more careful, but I suppose getting one’s rocks off far outweighs private information security… Understandable.
Marriott 2018: 500 million guests’ private information accessed
Hackers stole names, addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers of hotel guests, as well as information on travel itineraries like passport numbers and arrival and departure dates.
Facebook 2019: 540 million users’ data leaked onto unprotected servers
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First American Insurance 2019: 885 million financial records exposed on public servers
Topping off the biggest cyber breaches of the 2010s – First American records including Social Security numbers, tax documents, and personal information was left exposed on publicly accessible web pages from 2003 to May 2019. It only took 16 years for the
Fortune 500 company to realize how exposed they really were.
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