Today is has emerged that popular tech news website CNET was hacked by an unknown group of criminals. While this is certainly a high profile hack, it pales in comparison to some of largest data thefts in history. Check out our list below:
1. Sony PlayStation Network
In April 2011, one of the largest data thefts in history occurred. Perpetrated by a group calling itself ‘Lulz Sec’, the hack involved the theft of personal information from over 77 million users of Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN). The hack, which also involved compromising millions of credit card accounts, ended up shutting the PSN down for 41 days, at an estimated cost to Sony of over $170 million.
2. Adobe Systems
In mid 2013, unknown hackers managed to hack the databases of Adobe Systems. The data stolen, included the login information for the Adobe ID of 38 millions users, and an unspecified number of credit card accounts. In addition to this, hackers also stole the encrypted source code for a number of Adobe products, including Photoshop.
For a company involved in “private security” Stratfor was hacked with relative ease. In December 2011, hacker collective Anonymous announced it had hacked Stratfor and managed to extract the password and credit card information of many paying subscribers. As well as this, they also managed to access personal emails sent by the staff, which were later embarrassingly leaked.
4. Huge US Businesses Hack
Details of the largest data theft in history emerged last year with the prosecution of 5 Eastern European men by the US Department of Justice. These men were charged with attacking the Nasdaq, 7-Eleven, Carrefour, JCP, Hannaford, Heartland, Wet Seal, Commidea, Dexia, JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, Global Payment, Diners Singapore and Ingenicard. In total 160 million people had their personal information stolen, as well as a huge amount of credit card numbers.
Earlier this year in April, Ebay unexpectedly announced to its user base that they should immediately change their account passwords. After the dust settled, it had emerged that Ebay’s servers had been compromised by hackers who had stolen the account information of 145 million users. Luckily, if Ebay is to believe, they didn’t access any of the financial information of users, which was stored elsewhere.
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