Some of the largest data breaches in history include:
Operation Aurora: In 2009, Google experienced a highly sophisticated attack where hackers gained access to their network .
IRS: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suffered multiple data breaches due to aging equipment and budget cuts. These breaches compromised the personal information of millions of taxpayers .
E-Trade, Scottrade, and Dow Jones: In 2015, online stockbrokers E-Trade and Scottrade, as well as financial publisher Dow Jones, were all hit by data breaches. These attacks exposed millions of customer records and were believed to be conducted by the same hackers .
JPMorgan Chase: In 2014, Russian hackers infiltrated JPMorgan Chase and stole personal identifiable records of 83 million customers, impacting a significant portion of U.S. households .
Las Vegas Sands: In 2014, the casino operator Las Vegas Sands experienced a major breach where sensitive data on customers and employees was stolen. The attackers also disrupted their network, causing chaos within their IT systems .
LinkedIn: In 2012, hackers stole 117 million user passwords from LinkedIn, revealing a significant data breach that impacted professionals and even government officials .
VTech: In 2015, the toy and electronics manufacturer VTech experienced a breach where the personal information of 4.8 million parents and their children was compromised .
British Airways: In 2018, British Airways suffered a data breach that resulted in the theft of over 500,000 user details. The incident led to a significant fine for violating GDPR regulations .
Please note that these breaches occurred over the years and varied in scale and impact. It is important to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect personal information.