Famous data breach cases
We have been giving away our personal data for years to the companies and businesses without
thinking how it might be used. Here is a list of famous data breach that happened in recent years
that will make you think again if you should continue sharing your personal data:
Facebook: This was one of the major political and data breach scandal that happened at the
beginning of this year. Cambridge Analytica, a UK Analytics Company is said to have improperly
obtained the data of up to 87 million facebook users, without the user consent and used it for
Equifax: A data breach of more than 146 million consumers was reported at Equifax, one of the
biggest credit reporting agencies in the US last year. The data involved sensitive information like
credit card numbers and their expiry dates, passport ids, taxpayer ID cards, military ids and driving
licenses along with the Social Security numbers.
Uber: In late 2016 two hackers were able to get names, email addresses, mobile numbers of 57 users of the app and the 600,000 driver information. The hackers were able to access Uber’s GitHub account, where they found username and password credentials to Uber’s AWS account. Uber then fired its CSO because of the breach putting the blame on him.
Adult Friend Finder: A casual hook up and adult content website was breached during end 2016. 20 years of data on six databases that included names email Ids and passwords were compromised by the hackers.
JP Morgan Chase: In 2014, one of the largest bank was hacked of more than half of all US households data – 76 million and 7 million small businesses. The data included contact information – names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses as well as internal information about the users. The hackers were reportedly able to gain “root” privileges on more than 90 of the bank’s servers, which meant they could take actions including transferring funds and closing accounts.
There were many other cases reported with names like Yahoo, Adult Friend Finder, eBay, Sony, Adobe and more. This raises a very important question- if the biggies aren’t able to safeguard your data, is it then even worth sharing your data at all?