Have you lost track of the number of data breaches that have taken place in 2015? Before the year draws to an end, it’s nearly a certainty that there will be more, and that they will be high profile.
Hacks aren’t just a way for criminals to gain attention; they cost organizations a great deal of money. Read on to learn about the costliest data breaches of 2015.
The Anthem Breach
At the beginning of 2015, American health insurer Anthem suffered a data breach. It affected 80 million people.
Hackers stole addresses, Social Security numbers and other identifying information. Analysts expect the attack to cost over $100 million.
The Ashley Madison Affair
The Impact Group’s attack on Ashley Madison was arguably the most sordid hack of 2015. Hackers stole the information of 37 million users who sought affairs.
Although the Ashley Madison saga is still unfolding, it appears as though it will not have a cheap resolution. Two Canadian law firms filed a class action suit against the website that enabled cheating. Lawyers seek $578 million in damages for their clients.
The Great Cyberheist
This data breach actually began in December 2013. The hack didn’t come to an end until February 2015.
Cybercriminals from Eastern Europe infiltrated at least 100 banks in 30 countries. They stole as much as $1 billion over the course of two years.
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