Attacks/Breaches
3/9/2011
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Jake Widman
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10 Massive Security Breaches

They make the news on a regular basis: incidents in which a company or government agency's security is breached, leading to a loss of information, personal records, or other data. There are many ways to measure the size or cost of a security breach. Some result in the loss of millions of data records, some affect millions of people, and some wind up costing the affected businesses a lot of money. Not to mention, the questions of you calculate the value of personal medical information vs. credit
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Somebody at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services left the office in April 2009 with a laptop containing unencrypted client records. They left the laptop in their car, someone broke into the car, and the names, social security numbers, and other sensitive information on about a million Oklahomans went missing. While the data was unencrypted, the laptop itself was password-protected, so the agency deemed the risk of data loss "low."

See Also

Nasdaq Confirms Servers Breached

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Two Arrested For AT&T iPad Network Breach

Schwartz On Security: First, Know You've Been Breached

100,000 Credit Cards Compromised By Data Breach

Gawker Details Missteps Behind Security Breach

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