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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  • LivingSocial

    In April this year, LivingSocial confirmed it was another major outlet to be the victim of cyberattack.

    The daily deals website discovered its database systems were breached, while unknown hackers made off with the names, emails, birthdays and encrypted passwords of the vast majority of users -- roughly 50 million accounts in total out of 70 million worldwide. 

    However, credit card and banking information was not accessed. 

    The Washington, D.C.-based site is owned in part by online retailer Amazon, and has divisions internationally. Only Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines were not affected, as their data systems are different. 

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  • Drupal

    In May this year, almost one million accounts were compromised and passwords were forced to be reset after hackers infiltrated's systems.

    Drupal, which offers an open-source content management system (CMS) to power the back of websites, joins the ranks of Wordpress and Joomla as a popular option for millions of webmasters. However, on May 29, the security team wrote in a blog post that third-party software installed on servers allowed hackers to access the system. User account data on and were accessed, including usernames, email addresses and country information, as well as hashed passwords. The team said:

    "Upon discovering the files during a security audit, we shut down the website to mitigate any possible ongoing security issues related to the files. The Drupal Security Team then began forensic evaluations and discovered that user account information had been accessed via this vulnerability."

    As a precaution, users of Drupal had to reset their login information. In addition, Drupal rebuilt its security systems, enhanced many servers with new security patches, and added antivirus to scanning routines. 

    According to Drupal's website, 1,012,335 people in 229 countries currently use the system.

  • 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.  

Topics: Security, Malware

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