The All Points Blog

17 December 2014

Biggest Breaches of 2014

The year 2104 was one for the records! Record breaches that is. Many experts say 2014 will go down as the “year of the breach.” It is estimated that cyber crime costs the global economy 400 billion dollars annually.

Here are the top data breaches of 2014

eBay

The online auction site discovered a breach it initially believed to be harmless. They later discovered that hackers were able to gain access to 145 million users’ data. The data accessed included eBay’s customers’ e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords

Home Depot

Home Depot discovered a breach and elected to keep it quiet for several months. It is estimated that 56 million credit cards were breached.

Dairy Queen

Malware was found in the payment systems of 395 Dairy Queen food chains. This totals about 9% of their stores world-wide

PF Changs

The popular restaurant was the victim of a breach at 33 of its restaurants in 17 states. Credit and debit cards were stolen. The breach at some locations goes back to October 2013.

UPS

The nations top parcel delivery service was hit with a data security breach in many of its US stores this summer. In August, fifty one percent of UPS stores in 24 states had malware in their pay systems.

Coca Cola

Experts say Coca Cola’s data destruction device policy was not followed, which resulted in the recent theft of laptops that contained personal information. This highlights the importance of having a media and hard drive destruction policy as well as ensuring that retired hard drives are properly destroyed. Click here to learn about proper hard drive destruction.

Other big name breaches in 2014 include Staples, Jimmy Johns, Kmart, Goodwill, Michaels and Sallys.  Retailers are hard at work to repair their images.

The Obama administration recently recommended stronger privacy laws including a federal law that would require companies to disclose data breaches immediately.

Here’s to hoping that 2015 brings a year of safety and security!