10 Massive Security Breaches
March 12, 2011 06:00 AM They make the news on a regular basis: incidents in which a company or government agency's security is breached, leading to a loss of information, personal records, or other data. There are many ways to measure the size or cost of a security breach. Some result in the loss of millions of data records, some affect millions of people, and some wind up costing the affected businesses a lot of money. Not to mention, the questions of you calculate the value of personal medical information vs. credit card numbers. Here are ten security breaches of epic scale, plus one "bonus" incident that ranks among the boneheaded moves of all time.
Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland was a credit card payment processor for more than 250,000 businesses in 2009, when the company revealed that tens of millions of transactions might have been compromised. The company's computers were infected with malware that passed the information on to outsiders, information that would enable the thieves to create counterfeit cards with actual user data. The company claimed that Social Security information, PIN numbers, and other personal data were not affected.