Top 10 Data Breaches of 2009

From stolen devices and phishing attacks to buggy apps and human blunders, 2009 was another banner year for data breaches. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, over 345 million records containing sensitive data have been involved in incidents within the United States since January 2005. But last year, one single breach compromised 130 million records. In an effort to do better this year, let’s recount some of the worst data breaches reported in 2009.


One thought on “Top 10 Data Breaches of 2009

  1. Hey John,

    interesting read. Question that always comes to my mind is “what is a data record?”, and, following that: “what is it worth to my organisation, or to a hacker?” If someone copies my Windows .DLL files, I couldnt care less – my USER.DAT files however…let alone banking or customer data.

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