According to Cybersecurity, a firm risk-based security data breaches have exposed over 38 billion records since 2010.In this article, we are going to look at the records of the biggest data hacks history of the past decade.
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In March 2018, a fitness clothing company, UnderAmour, announced that hackers had accessed the backend database for its popular diet and fitness app, MyFitnessPal, and hacked 143.6 million contacts. Hackers were able to retrieve usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords.
In September 2017, Equifax recorded 147 million data breach which is recorded as one of the largest in history. The company announced the data breach in September 2017, eventually reporting that 147 million consumers were affected, about 56% of Americans. Hackers were able to get access to people’s names, social security numbers, dates of birth, credit card numbers and even driver’s license numbers.
In February 2019, video messaging app, Dubsmash, announced that hackers nabbed nearly 162 million users’ account holder names, email addresses and hashed passwords.The breach actually occurred in December 2018, but cyber thieves posted that the data was for sale on the dark web in February 2019. It was part of a data dump that included over 600 million accounts from 16 hacked websites.
Republican National Committee (Deep Root Analytics)
In June 2017, Independent cyber experts found voter’s information for 198 million Americans on a publicly accessible server in June 2017. It turned out that the Republican National Committee had hired conservative marketing firm, Deep Root Analytics, which failed to keep voter information secure.
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In September 2019, mobile game producer, Zynga, announced in October that a hacker had accessed its 218 million account data. Log-in information on September 12 for customers who play the popular “Draw Something” and “Words with Friends” games.In addition to the log-in credentials, the hacker accessed usernames, email addresses, log-in IDs, some Facebook IDs, some phone numbers and Zynga account IDs, of about 218 million customers who installed iOS and Android versions of the games before September 2, 2019.
Before June 2018, most Americans had not heard of the marketing and data aggregation firm, Exactis, but the company had quietly built a database of 340 million consisting of personal information on hundreds of millions of Americans and businesses.Exactis exposed about two terabytes worth of data that included email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and other personal information such as hobbies and information on any children in the household.
In November 2018, Marriott hotels reported that the names, addresses, contact information and passport numbers of 383 million people who stayed at a Starwood hotel property were accessed in a major data hack. Marriott acquired the Starwood hotel chain in 2016.Marriott’s data team confirmed that the Starwood guest reservation database which contains up to 500 million accounts had been compromised, and the hacking may have been ongoing since 2014.
In September 2018, due to “human error,” about 445 million records containing names, emails and IP addresses in the database were visible for about 10 days. But Veeam said many of those records were duplicates and only about 4.5 million unique email addresses ended up exposed.
River City Media
In March 2017, an email marketing company, River City Media, made headlines in 2017 for leaking 1.4 billion records. The company improperly configured a backup that accidentally placed the entire database online, which contained details like IP addresses, names and even physical addresses.
Currently, yahoo bears the title for the largest data breach in history.In September 2016, Yahoo told the public it had experienced a breach in 2014 that affected at least 500 million accounts. It followed that announcement up with another in December of that same year that detailed a 2013 attack on its network that exposed at least one billion user accounts.The company which Verizon announced plans to acquire in July 2016 disclosed it was the victim of multiple major hacks over the years that exposed the names, email addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth of over a billion people who used yahoo.