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World’s Biggest Data Breaches and Hacks

World’s Biggest Data Breaches and Hacks in Recent History

People store some of their most private information on the Internet, trusting that the company holding on to it can keep it all safe. But unfortunately that’s not always the case –  hacks, viruses, lost computers, inside jobs, accidental publishing, and more have all been sources of major leaks over the last 8 years.

Information is Beautiful has created an infographic titled “World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks – selected losses greater than 30,000 records.” You can see all of the data that was collected and used for the infographic here in an Information is Beautiful public Google doc.

One of the largest data breaches in 2012 involved Living Social. Online criminals gained access to user names, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords for 50 million people. Some of the many companies that experienced data breaches in 2012 include Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! Japan, Twitter, and Nintendo.

The infographic goes back to 2005 with AOL when a former AOL employee stole 92 million screen names and e-mail addresses. The stolen information was sold to spammers who then sent up to 7 billion unsolicited emails.

Information is Beautiful’s infographic turned typically boring data into something interesting and interactive. You can filter by organization, method of leak, year, number of records stolen and data sensitivity. Because the data breaches are broken down by year you can see how the Internet has changed over the last 8 years.

The image below is just a preview of what you’ll see when you visit Information is Beautiful.


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June is Internet Safety Month

Internet Safety Month June 2013

Internet Safety Month is the perfect time for youth and parents to assess and improve their online safety posture. According to Pew Internet & American Life Project’s “Teens and Technology 2013 Report,” 95 percent of U.S. teens use the Internet and 93 percent have a computer or have access to one at home. Pew also found that 37 percent of teens have smartphones – a 14 percent increase from 2011. These figures give compelling reason for all families to focus on better online safety.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, is celebrating Internet Safety Month this June by encouraging all digital users to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. when accessing the Web. Summer break brings increased Internet use and NCSA advises everyone to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

These three easy, actionable steps: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. can help everyone stay safe and secure online and enjoy the benefits of our connected world. Here are some other best practices:

▪   When in Doubt, Throw it Out: If an email, social network post or text message looks suspicious, even if you know the source, delete it.

▪   Be Web Wise: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.

▪   Be a Good Online Citizen: Post only about others what you would have them post about you.

▪   Protect Your Personal Information: Secure your accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.

▪   Connect with Care: Limit the type of business you conduct using unsecure Wi-Fi hotspots.

▪   Own Your Online Presence: Set security and privacy settings to your comfort level of sharing.

▪   Keep a Clean Machine: Keep all Internet connected devices free from infection and malware by keeping all critical software—security software, Web browsers, apps and operating systems—up to date.

Source:  PRNewswire-USNewswire via National Cyber Security Alliance

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