News filtered out earlier this week about two recent security breaches. TechCrunch reported on an attack on Microsoft’s online store in India, which exposed user information including email addresses, order histories and addresses (but excluding credit card numbers). And during the weekend, U.K.-based TicketWeb suffered a breach of its own after the company’s direct marketing system was hacked, causing TicketWeb to send phishing emails to its own customers.
2012 is still pretty young, but we’re two breaches closer to Okta CEO Todd McKinnon’s prediction that one billion people will have their data stolen this year.
Security Breach Timeline
- FEBRUARY 13, 2012: Microsoft’s online store in India hacked, user information compromised
- FEBRUARY 11, 2012: U.K.-based TicketWeb direct marketing system hacked, sends phishing emails to customers
- JANUARY 15, 2012: Hackers access personal information from unknown number of Zappos’ 24 million users.
- JANUARY 5, 2012: 45,000 Facebook passwords compromised, mostly in the U.K. and France
- DECEMBER 14, 2011: China-backed hackers break into iBahn network, potentially accessing millions of confidential emails
- NOVEMBER 30, 2011: Duqu authors likely behind extensive C&C infrastructure wipe-outs
- NOVEMBER 10, 2011: Valve’s Steam server hacked.
- JUNE 24, 2011: Electronic Arts’ BioWare server hacked.
- JUNE 20, 2011: Sega hacked – 1.3 million users had sensitive information stolen.
- JUNE 20, 2011: Dropbox files left open due to bug.
- MAY 16, 2011: LastPass database stolen.
- May 10, 2011: Citigroup hack exposed the data of 360,000 accounts, millions stolen.
- APRIL 27, 2011: Sony PlayStation Network hacked.
- MARCH 30, 2011: Epsilon (email communications manager) had the email database for 26 companies, including Citi, Walgreens and BestBuy, stolen.