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Dozens of data breaches, millions affected
During 2012, almost every industry -- from banking to insurance, government departments and even security companies that help to protect against such attacks -- were hacked or breached and vast amounts of data siphoned off from company networks.
Many of the successful attacks came from those part of or connected with hacking collective Anonymous, but not all. From Social Security record breaches to a year of poor company policies on password and user details protection, along with massive hacking attacks that gave the ordinary citizen an insight into the shady private intelligence world, here's a look back at some of the major hacks, leaks and breaches of the year.