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.
Certegy Check Services, a subsidiary of Fidelity National Information Service, revealed in 2007 that one of its employees had been stealing customer records and selling them to a data broker. The records included credit card, bank account, and other personal information, and Certegy estimated the breach affected 8.5 million customers. The thief got jail time and a multimillion-dollar fine, and Certegy wound up out nearly $1,000,000 in donations and court costs.