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.
U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs was having trouble with one of the hard drives in a database RAID array. So, naturally, the agency sent the drive out for repair. Unfortunately, it neglected to erase the unencrypted data on the disc. When the contractor was unable to repair the disc, they simply recycled it -- again without erasing -- leaving the personal information for some 76 million veterans accessible to whoever next got the disc.