Monday, 29 July 2013

The World's Biggest Data Breaches in one Infographic

Major data breaches, leaks and hacks are becoming more and more common. But beginning to understand the sheer numbers involved may be hard.

Information is Beautiful created a brilliant interactive infographic of the world's biggest data breaches, highlighting some of the most high-profile attacks. It lets you filter by organisation, method of leak, and gives you a brief description of the breach with a source to full articles. It really puts the importance of IT security into perspective and is really rather distressing.

The infographic includes all of the most recent attacks in 2013 such as the recent incidents with Evernote, LivingSocial, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Twitter.

But it seems that technology companies aren't the only ones at risk. "Video gaming sites and organizations have suffered the most," said David McCandless, who runs Information is Beautiful. He adds that “in terms of sheer numbers of records breached, they really get owned."

The healthcare industry also faced its share of serious data breaches, which is worrying considering the sensitivity of the data.

The infographic also shows the huge T.K. Maxx security breach in 2007 that put more than 45 million credit and debit card users at risk. The scary thing is that many slip under the radar meaning the illustration may just be showing the tip of the iceberg.

McCandless stated that "some companies such as Twitter are upfront and transparent about getting the news out as soon as they are hacked, while others like Apple are super uncommunicative".

You can click on each attack to learn more about what happened. Click here to check it out.

About the Author:
Julian writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Julian is the companies Digital Marketer.