Data hacks happen all the time, with many providers and users having had their data breached at some point or another. Data hacks can be a very stressful situation for the providers who usually have to act quickly and fork out a ton of money to keep these data hacks either away or deal with them if they come up. Furthermore, users have their data breached, which could lead to worry that their data can be used to harm them like stealing their identity or money.
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Here are some of the biggest data hacks in history that have caused shockwaves through the digital industry.
Sony PSN (2011)
This is one of the data hacks that was felt almost immediately and it was felt on a worldwide scale. We even consider it as one of the worst moments in gaming’s history. The PlayStation Network outage was caused by hackers, which lead to 77 million user accounts to become compromised and prevented players from accessing the Network for 23 days.
The professional social media site experienced one of the biggest data hacks in history in 2012. Initially, the company claimed in 2012 that 6.5 million accounts had been breached, with it later emerging in 2016 that the hack was bigger than first revealed. It was disclosed that by last year, hackers were selling the passwords and account details of more than 117 million LinkedIn users, prompting the company to encourage users to change their passwords.
Data hacks from other accounts had apparently caused hackers to access users’ Dropbox accounts back in 2012. Dropbox responded by resetting some 60 million users’ passwords, but it took the company nearly 4 years to properly respond to the breach, showing that there is still lots to learn from data hacks and how to deal with them.
Once a search engine giant, Yahoo has lost its popularity over the years and has suffered one of the biggest data hacks in history. In December 2016 Yahoo disclosed that over 3 billion email addresses have become compromised since August 2013. This meant that all of the Yahoo accounts at the time had been affected by the hack and the company has had to change every user’s password.
We’re considering this to be one of the worst data hacks of our time because of the poor way Uber responded to the hack. The lift-hauling company only revealed the breach of 57 million user accounts a year after the incident occurred, in which Uber reportedly paid hackers $100 000 to destroy the data collected in the breach. Uber’s response to one of its first data hacks sucks for two reasons: its failure to timeously let users know about the breach and it paying hackers off, without a guarantee of compliance.
All of the above data hacks have serious repercussions for both users and providers and costs companies a lot of money. Companies have a long way to go in properly guarding against data hacks and correctly responding to data hacks that have already occurred.
Have you been a victim of one of the above data hacks or have perhaps experienced another attack? Drop us a comment below and let us know.