There are many in a row, so let’s count down some of the 2018’s biggest data breaches.
As we look back in the year 2018, it is impossible not to acknowledge the uncontrolled data breaches that caused such chaos for what seemed to be whole year.
The personal, secret and sensitive data of hundreds of millions of people has been kept open and exposed on the web then aggregated on various dark net sites, lists for sale. Data breaches are a horrifying top trend in the cybercrime world that shows no sign of slowing.
Let’s have a look at top data breaches of 2018
British Airways — Breach occurred somewhere in between August – September 2018, affected approx 380,000 customers.
What was included: Name, Postal Addresses, Email addresses, Sensitive payment card details
Orbitz — Hackers accessed travel booking related details for the period January, 2016 — December, 2017, affected 880,000 customers.
What was included: Name, Address, Phone numbers, Email IDs, Other personal information, Payment card information
PumpUp — 6 million records were breached, breach disclosed in May 2018
What was included: sensitive customer data, health information, photos, private messages sent between users. Facebook access tokens, unencrypted credit card data including card numbers, expiry dates and card verification data
T-Mobile — Approx 2 million customer’s data breached in this major hack that occurred in August, 2018
What was included: Names, Email addresses, Account numbers, Billing information, Encrypted passwords
Sacramento Bee — Approx 19.5 million user records breached, breach disclosed in June 2018
What was included: Names, Addresses, Email addresses, Phone numbers, Party affiliations, Dates of birth, Places of birth
Cathay Pacific Airways —Data breach was noticed in March 2018, affected approx 9.4 million passengers.
What was included: Names, Nationalities, Dates of birth, Addresses, Email addresses, Phone numbers, Frequent flier numbers, passport numbers, credit card numbers
Panera — 37 million user records were breached, breach was disclosed in April 2018
What was included: Names, Addresses, Email addresses, Dates of birth, Last four digits of customer credit card numbers
Timehop — Breach occurred for the period December 2017 to July 2018, affected 21 million users.
What was included: Names, Email addresses, Dates of birth, Phone numbers
and Other personal information.
Ticketfly — Breach occurred in May 2018 affecting 27 million clients.
What was included: Names, Addresses, Email addresses and Phone numbers
Facebook — A major data breach occurred in between July 2017 – September 2018 that affected a huge, approx 29 million users.
What was included: Names, Phone numbers, Email addresses, Some other personal information collected by Facebook
Chegg — Data breach affected approx 40 million users for the period April, 2018 to September, 2018
What was included: Names, Shipping addresses, Email addresses, Usernames and Passwords.
Google+ — This major data breach affected 52.5 million Google+ users, breach was noticed for the period, year 2015 to 2018.
What was included: Names Email addresses Dates of birth Some other personal information collected by Google+
MyHeritage — Affected 92 million users, breach occurred in October, 2017
What was included: Email addresses and Encrypted passwords
Quora — Breach was noticed in November 2018 that affected 100 million users.
What was included: Names, Email addresses, Encrypted passwords, Data imported from linked networks when authorized by users.
Cambridge Analytica — A huge data, approx 87 million users was breached for the period 2015
What was included: Facebook user profile data & Facebook user preferences and interests.
Exactis — A huge, 340 million consumer’s data was breached in June 2018
What was included: Names, Addresses, Email addresses, Phone numbers, Other personal information, including habits, hobbies, and the number, ages, and genders of the person’s children.
Mariott Starwood hotels — Breach occurred for the period, 2014 to September 2018, affected 500 million customers.
What was included: Names, Addresses, Phone numbers, Email addresses, Passport numbers, Dates of birth and Other personal information.
Aadhar — Personal details of approx 1.1 billion India residents were breached, noticed in March 2018
What was included: Names, Unique 12-digit identity numbers, Information about services they are connected to, such as bank details and other private information.
SingHealth — Hackers accessed health details of 1.5 million patients for the period May 2015 to July 2018
What was included: Names and addresses as in the Singapore government’s health record database, patient’s history of dispensed medicines. Information on the prime minister of Singapore was mainly targeted.
Saks and Lord & Taylor — Approx 5 million customer’s data was leaked.
What was included : Payment card numbers
MyHeritage — Data breach was disclosed in June 2018, breached 92 million user records.
myPersonality App — This breach affected approx 4 million users who were using this app before 2012
SheIn.com — Approx 6.40 million plus customers were affected by this data breach that occurred in June 2018
Careem — Breach was noticed in January, 2018 that affected approx 14 million users.
Under Armour — Breach was noticed in May 2018 that affected 150 million user records.
MyFitnessPal — 150 million users were affected by this data breach that occurred in February 2018
Strava — Breach occurred in November 2017, approx 13 million users were affected.
MBM Company — Breached occurred in March 2018, The incident exposed 1.3 million customers’ data.
7.ai — Breach believed to have occurred from September 2017 to October 2017, less than 100,000 users reported to be affected.