Some of the Biggest Data Breaches in 2016

Compiled by BFAN Network


Apple: The San Bernardino iPhone


In December 2015, a terrorist attack occurred in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and seriously injuring another 22. The couple later died in a gunfight with police.

In 2016, an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists took center stage because it used Apple’s built-in security tools to protect the device from unauthorized access. The FBI wanted Apple to create special software to allow investigators to get into the phone. Apple refused, arguing the FBI wanted the company to, in effect, “custom-build malware” to undermine the company’s own security features.

Hackers turn Yahoo into yahoos


In September, Yahoo shocked the world when it revealed that at least 500 million user accounts had been breached. At the time, the breach was believed to be the largest theft of personal data from a major technology company ever.

Apple stops patching QuickTime


QuickTime  Earlier this year, after two critical vulnerabilities were discovered for the software, Apple apparently decided to deprecate QuickTime for Windows rather than fix the issues.

In other words, if you’re still running QuickTime on your Windows machine uninstall it now.

Credits Cards: Distributed guessing


Your credit card’s security measures aren’t as secure as you’d think. Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom demonstrated that discovering a credit card’s expiration date and card verification value (CVV) number can actually be relatively simple. The researchers came up with a novel way to guess these low-digit numbers using a technique called “distributed guessing.”

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security

In February, hackers threatened to, and ultimately did, dump the records of nearly 30,000 FBI and Department of Homeland Security workers.

Democratic National Convention hack

This year, computer hacking graduated from harassing businesses and government agencies to direct intervention in the U.S. presidential election. The first instance was a breach of the computer network of the Democratic National Committee. Wikileaks published a trove of documents in July that included nearly 20,000 emails and thousands of attachments from DNC staffers.

LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr, Twitter

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Within the space of two weeks in May, a hacker called Peace posted data on the dark web to sell, which allegedly included information on 167 million LinkedIn accounts and, in the following week, 360 million emails and passwords for MySpace users.

Verizon Enterprise Services

After a report emerged from security journalist Krebs in March, Verizon Enterprise Services announced that it had been the victim of a data breach that affected more than a million of its enterprise customers.

SWIFT hack

It started as a single $81 million malware attack against a Bangladeshi bank targeting the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) transaction software. By late May, however, up to a dozen banks around the world were investigating potential hacks against the SWIFT system. In July, SWIFT was seeking help from outside security professionals to control the widening hacking epidemic.

Three Mobile

Three, one of Britain’s largest mobile operators has revealed it’s had a major data breach that could put millions of its customers at risk.

According to The Telegraph, hackers accessed Three’s customer upgrade database via using an employee login.–six-million-customers-private-data-at-r/

Tesco Bank

Earlier this month, Tesco Bank, the consumer finance wing of the British supermarket giant, froze its online operations – after as many as 20,000 customers had money stolen from their accounts.



As a FTSE-100 firm, the apparent insider attack admitted by accounting and HR software firm Sage could turn out to be one of the most important in UK data breach history if its scale is confirmed.


Online child products retailer Kiddicare was forced to admit it had exposed real customer data when testing a new website in 2015. In this case, the mistake was only noticed when customers started receiving suspicious SMS text messages asking them to take an online survey and an investigation eventually uncovered to error., the online learning site owned by Microsoft’s LinkedIn , reset 55,000 customer account passwords after disclosing a recent data breach.




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