It seems like there is a new data breach every other day, causing companies untold embarrassment and reputational damage when customers’ private details are leaked.
A new Web site called www.haveibeenpwned.com allows you to see if your details have been compromised by a data breach.
Simply click on the link, enter your email address and click the pwnd? button to find out if you’re a victim.
Major data breaches
Some high profile leaks in the last while include:
- RNC (2017)
A misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198-million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in their efforts to elect Donald Trump.
- Zomato (2017)
Zomato, which provides users with an online guide to restaurants, cafes and clubs, reported that data from 17-million users had been stolen, including email addresses and hashed passwords.
- NHS (2017)
The recent WannaCry ransomware infected 47 NHS England Trusts and hundreds of companies across the world.
- ‘Eddie’ breach (ongoing)
Security researchers at the Kromtech Security Research Center discovered a massive database of 560-million login credentials which is believed to come from up to 10 popular online services such as LinkedIn and Dropbox, obtained during previous data breaches.
- Wonga (2017)
Payday loan company Wonga has fallen victim to a large data breach that could have hit as many as 245,000 of its customers including bank account numbers and sort codes.
- Tesco Bank (2016)
Late last year, 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.
- Sage (2016)
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.
- Ashley Madison (2015)
In July 2015, a group calling itself “The Impact Team” stole the user data of Ashley Madison, a commercial website billed as enabling extramarital affairs. The group leaked more than 25 gigabytes of company data, including user details.
- Mumsnet (2014)
A direct victim of the infamous and widespread Heartbleed SSL software flaw, the compromise allowed hackers to access anything up to 1,5-million user accounts on the hugely popular site, its owners revealed.
- Yahoo (2013, 2014)
It seems hard to pin down just one data breach spawning from Yahoo’s 22 years in business. Last year appeared to unearth a mammoth lack of security on Yahoo’s part with reports uncovering a breach affecting over 500-million Yahoo user accounts during 2014.
- Sony PlayStation Network (2011)
The largest data breach in history at the time, Sony’s disastrous 2011 breach saw hackers make off with the customer records of 77-million people relating to its PlayStation Network, including a small number revealing credit card numbers.