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Note worthy hacks and leaks

  • The Sony PlayStation Network hack in 2011, in which personal information for 77 million users was stolen
  • The LinkedIn data breach in 2012, in which the email addresses and passwords of 167 million users were stolen
  • The Yahoo data breaches in 2013 and 2014, in which all 3 billion user accounts were affected
  • The Target data breach in 2013, in which credit and debit card information for 40 million customers was stolen
  • The Ashley Madison data leak in 2015, in which the personal information of 37 million users of the infidelity website was released
  • The Hacking Team data leak in 2015, in which Anonymous hacked and released sensitive internal documents and client information from the Italian surveillance software vendor
  • The 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, in which emails from DNC officials were released by the group WikiLeaks
  • The Equifax data breach in 2017, in which personal information for 147 million customers was stolen
  • The Marriott data breach in 2018, in which the personal information of 500 million customers was stolen
  • The Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, in which the data of millions of Facebook users was improperly obtained and used for political advertising
  • The Gamma Group hack in 2018, in which Phineas Fisher obtained and released sensitive internal documents and client information from the Spanish intelligence contractor
  • The Cryptopia hack in 2019, in which Phineas Fisher obtained and released sensitive internal documents and client information from the Gibraltar-based cryptocurrency exchange
  • The SolarWinds hack in 2020, which was a major supply chain attack affecting multiple government agencies and private companies.
  • The hack of the Colonial pipeline in 2021, which was was a cyber attack that resulted in a shutdown of the pipeline and fuel shortages across several US states.