The world's biggest data breaches and hacks of 2013

The world's biggest data breaches and hacks of 2013

Summary: From Facebook to Adobe, 2013 has been a tough year for companies looking to defend against cybercrime.

TOPICS: Security, Malware

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  • Washington State Court System Breach

    In May this year, Washington State Court systems were infiltrated by hackers, exposing up to 160,000 Social security numbers.

    The agency found that the website of the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) was accessed unlawfully through third-party software installed on the network. Up to 160,000 social security numbers and the details of one million driver's licenses may have been downloaded and accessed, although only 94 Social security numbers were confirmed as stolen.

    Mike Keeling, information technology operations and maintenance manager for the court system, told reporters on a conference call:

    "The access occurred through a 'back door' part of a commercial software product we were using, and it is patched now. We found specific (hacker) footprints in the area where those 94 Social Security numbers were located, so that's why we're reasonably sure that the data was accessed."

    Government officials said that Social security numbers and of those booked into a city or county jail in the state from September 2011 to December 2012, and those who received a DUI from 1989 to 2011 were potentially at risk.  

  • Yahoo! Japan

    In May, Yahoo! Japan detected unauthorized access in the administrative panel of the Yahoo! Japan web portal, and suspected up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen as a result.

    The access attempt, which took place at roughly 9pm on May 16 this year, did not include passwords or the data necessary to reset them. In a blog post apologizing for the breach, Yahoo! Japan said:

    "We don't know if the file (of 22 million user IDs) was leaked or not, but we can't deny the possibility given the volume of traffic between our server and external" terminals."

    Yahoo! has a 35 percent stake in the company.


  • Homeland Security

    May seemed to be a popular time for cyberattacks. The Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) found itself on the receiving end this year after third-party software used on its network contained vulnerabilities that were exploited, exposing a number of employees' personal data.

    The DHS said that information include names, Social security numbers and dates of birth were potentially accessed. In a statement, the agency said:

    " At the direction of DHS, the vulnerability was immediately addressed. While there is no evidence that any unauthorized user accessed any personally identifiable information, out of abundance of caution, DHS is alerting employees and individuals who received a DHS clearance, of the potential vulnerability and outlining ways that they can protect themselves."

    Yahoo! has a 35 percent stake in the company.


Topics: Security, Malware

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