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Person's hand with credit card: The Latest Data Breach NewsUnfortunately the news is consistently full of headlines about security and data breaches. Major retailers, credit card companies and other organizations have all fallen victim to hackers, putting millions of consumers at risk. Trying to keep up with all the latest security breach news and who’s affected can be overwhelming. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you stay on top of what’s happening with the latest security breaches.

Recent Security Breaches

These recent credit card and data breaches are listed in chronological order, but feel free to skip to the company by clicking the link below:

2017: Equifax
2016: Democratic National Committee 
Yahoo
2015
: Scottrade | Experian | Ashley Madison | OPM | Anthem | Home Depot
2014: JPMorgan Chase
2013: Neiman-Marcus | Target | Adobe

Equifax Data Breach

When it Happened: Mid-May to July 2017, caught by Equifax July 29, 2017 and announced to public September 7, 2017
Who it Affected: Around 143 million people
What Was Compromised: Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver’s license and credit card numbers
Resolution: They set up a website for users to check if they were impacted and are working with a independent cybersecurity firm to conduct an assessment and provide recommendations on prevention from future hackings

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Yahoo Data Breach

When it Happened: Late 2014 but just announced it in 2016
Who it Affected: 500 million user accounts
What Was Compromised: Names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers
Resolution: Encouraged customers to update passwords and security questions

Democratic National Committee

In June 2016, the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) entire database was hacked by the Russian government. The hackers gained access to the DNC’s computer network which gave them access to the research database for the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. However, according to the DNC no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been stolen. The breach was purely for espionage and consumer data is at risk.

Scottrade Data Breach

When it Happened: Late 2013 and early 2014, announced in October 2015
Who it Affected: 4.6 million customers
What Was Compromised: Names and street addresses (possibly Social Security numbers, email addresses and other sensitive data)
Resolution: Offered customers identity theft protection services

Experian / T-Mobile Data Breach

When it Happened: Between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015
Who it Affected: Potentially exposed personal information of 15 million customers and potential customers
What Was Compromised: Social Security numbers of those who might have applied for T-Mobile cell service
Resolution: Two years of free credit monitoring and identity protection

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Ashley Madison Data Breach

When it Happened: July 2015
Who it Affected: Users of a Ashley Madison, a commercial website that enables extramarital affairs
What Was Compromised: Hackers obtained 60 gigabytes of personal information and threatened to publicly share the names of users unless Ashley Madison agreed to shut down its site
Resolution: Those users whose details were exposed are filing a $567 million class-action lawsuit against the parent company of Ashley Madison

Office of Personnel Management Breach

When it Happened: April – June 2015
Who it Affected: 21.5 million federal employees
What Was Compromised: Social Security numbers, names, dates and places of birth, addresses as well as security clearance info
Resolution: Employees and dependent minor children who were under the age of 18 as of July 1, 2015 were offered credit and identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, and identity restoration services for the next three years through ID Experts

Are you a federal employee? Get more info on OPM’s Cyber Security.

Anthem Health Insurance Breach

When it Happened: February 2015
Who it Affected: As many as 80 millions insurance customers
What Was Compromised: Records including Social Security numbers, birthdays and addresses, no credit card information was obtained
Resolution: AllClear ID identity protection for two years at no cost to customers

JPMorgan Chase

When it Happened: September 2014
Who it Affected: 83 million accounts, 76 million households, 7 million small businesses
What Was Compromised: Email and postal addresses, and phone numbers of account holders
Resolution: JPMorgan says it spends $250 million a year on online security and intends to double that amount

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Home Depot Credit Card Breach

When it Happened: April 2014 – September 2014
Who it Affected: 56 million customers
What Was Compromised: credit card information
Resolution: Offered the affected customers a free year of identity theft protection from AllClear ID

Neiman-Marcus Breach

When it Happened: 2013
Who it Affected: 1.1 million Neiman-Marcus customers
What Was Compromised: Credit/debit card information, names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
Resolution: Customers affected received one free year of credit monitoring

Target Credit Card Breach

When it Happened: November to December 2013
Who it Affected: About 40 million customers according to Forbes
What Was Compromised: Credit/debit card information, names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
Resolution: Customers who shopped during that time were offered a free year of Protect My ID

Adobe Systems Data Breach

When it Happened: 2012
Who it Affected: 38 million Adobe users
What Was Compromised: Credit/debit card records stolen, users’ Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords
Resolution: Notified users to change passwords and offered a year’s worth of credit monitoring to customers whose encrypted credit card data was stolen in the breach

What Happens After a Data Breach?

So, the hackers have your data – now what do they do with it after they “pump and dump” your information from the servers? Find out more about the black market trading and selling of personal information that goes on behind the scenes in this quick one minute video.

How to Protect Yourself From Data Breaches

Identity theft can happen even to the most cautious of us. As you can see from the list of security breaches above, millions of people have had their personal information stolen. And in most security breaches the company that was hacked offered affected customers identity theft protection services. But that’s not very helpful after your information has already been compromised. So, be proactive by signing up for Identity Theft Protection to stay ahead of the game. For a minimal monthly payment you’ll rest assured knowing that someone is keeping a close eye on your credit.

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As a new homeowner Sadie understands the importance of keeping her property, and all that's in it, a top priority. Through apps like the Nest thermostat and Nest Protect she can keep an eye on things and control the temp via her smart phone why she's away. She believes in being proactive in life and using technology to keep you safe. She enjoys decorating on a budget, small DIY improvement projects and all things HGTV.

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Denise W
Denise W

Thanks for keeping these data breaches covered, very helpful! It’s nice to have a source that only covers the major stuff, not all the breaches, which can get overwhelming! You say that I’m able to check the Equifax site you link to to find out if my data has been exposed, but once I get to the site I can’t find where to get that information?

Alex Schenker
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Alex Schenker

Hi Denise, if you use the link we provide above (here it is again) vs. going to the homepage of the Equifax site, you’ll be taken straight to a page that gives you instructions on checking the potential impact on your data (you’ll be asked for your last name and the last 6 digits of your SSN). We recommend you sign up for an identity theft monitoring service (we review the top ID theft protection services here) to help monitor and protect against future breaches.

Don

This is useful, will bookmark it and reference often, hopefully there won’t be too many more updates to this though!

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