Top user account breaches since 2007

This time of year we’ll start to see an array of articles detailing the top security breaches of 2015 so naturally like any other I began to write up a similar article. That was until about half way through the article where I decided to take one step back, that being instead to look at not just the top security breaches of this year but instead the top security breaches we’ve had to date.

Below we have a compilation of some of the most draw dropping and news worthy user account breaches we’ve had since as far back as 2007. These breaches have ranged from breaches where user data including information such as: account names, passwords, email addresses and more have been leaked.

We’re going to have a look at a few of the most prominent of these and have a look at what tangible information was really leaked.

First off we have the big one. On October 2013 a massive range (reaching 153 million) Adobe user accounts were breached. This included information such as their: usernames, email addresses as well as weak encrypted passwords.

The second killer here is the Ashley Madison user account breach (July 2015). Here a database was dumped including 30 million unique email addresses. Information from this leak is classed as ‘not publicly searchable’ however can be sought after with moderate ease.

Next we’ve got the 000webhost breach (approximately March 2015), this exposed over 13 million customer records. What’s interesting about this breach is that the data was sold and traded before 000webhost was alerted in October. This breach included information such as: names, email addresses and plain text passwords.

With all of these data breaches we have to look to 2016 and further in the understanding that this is only the beginning and wait with keen eyes on what’s to come.

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James Stevenson

Im a Cyber Security enthusiast that loves all things to do with technology. I'm specifically interested in cyber security and ethical hacking.

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