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As history may show, 2014 could go down as “The Year of the Cyberattack.”
Here’s a list of some of the biggest hacks that happened in 2014.
JPMorgan Chase & Company
From June until August, hackers used sophisticated data breaching tools to extract sensitive data from deep within Chase Bank’s infrastructure. JPMorgan Chase & Co., is the largest U.S. bank and this data breach affected 76 million households and some 7 million small businesses.
Although Apple denied that their servers were breached, there was no denying the hundreds of nude photos of—some of Hollywood’s biggest stars—that continued to materialize on the image sharing site 4chan. Apple intimated that the problem was due to the re-use of passwords across multiple devices.
EBay, the online shopping behemoth, suffered one of the biggest breaches of all-time, as personal data belonging to 145 million users was accessed during the attack. As if that weren’t bad enough, StubHub, a ticket resale site owned by eBay, was defrauded of approximately $1 million by a trio of London hackers.
U.S. Postal Service
In a hack that was focused on extracting employee data, he United States Postal Service first detected their breach in September. Confidential data of 800,000 USPS employees became accessible to the cyber criminals.
Although technically occurring in late 2013, Target’s data breach was still being felt well into 2014. As it turns out, the largest retail hack in U.S. history came via BlackPOS, a malware that extracted data from close to 40 million credit and debit cards, while extracting the personal data of some 70 million customers.
Home Depot, the word’s largest home improvement chain, saw 53 million email addresses and 56 million credit card accounts become compromised after a vicious September cyberattack. Like Target’s breach, Home Depot fell prey to a nefarious malware that swiped customer’s information at the point-of-sales (POS) for some five months prior to detection.
Although it might not have been the biggest hack in terms of the sheer amount of data that was corrupted, it may be the costliest of them all. Even though Sony eventually did release The Interview on its initial opening premier date, it was to a limited amount of theaters, thus costing them millions and millions of dollars.
And all of these attacks could have been prevented…
Just think, had all the aforementioned companies taken basic precautions, such as installing file integrity monitoring, they could have saved millions of dollars; all while keeping their employees’ and clients’ sensitive data safe.
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