10 Largest Data Breaches Since 2000 – Millions Affected
In light of the MySpace photo breach (due to their negligence) a couple of months ago, I got to wondering about other recent data breaches. It turns out Attrition.org keeps a Data Loss Archive and Database that contains known data breaches since 2000. Records include date, number affected, groups involved, summaries, and links to reported stories and updates. It’s surprisingly detailed and even better, it’s all available for download.
The above graphic shows the 10 largest data breaches which affected millions. I thought the 800,000 records thieved from UCLA a couple of years ago (that my information was unfortunately a part of) was a lot. That’s nothing compared to these.
Notice the higher frequency as we get closer to the present?
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it’s really interesting to see where data goes after the breach. i wonder where the above 10 ended up.
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About 20 years ago I worked for a bank as a software developer and we had to ask for, prove why and show before and after results of data access against a customer database. We had to present all of that information, in a binder, to an auditor and we’d receive a “yes/no” response within a DAY.
Nowadays people want everything without even considering the ramifications. Perhaps they do consider the ramifications, but without any consequences the ramifications, any notion to be cautious have become side-thoughts.
All its going to take, to tighten up security, is for one precedent setting lawsuit to occur. Some really pissed off citizen and one very enterprising attorney…
@Anthony: I know what you mean. It’s always about more, more, more data, and sometimes it feels like it’s just so that someone can say we have this amount of data stored in our database. So now they have it, they don’t know what to do with it nor how to protect it.
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