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Worst security breaches of the year 2014: Sony tops the list

Tim Greene | Dec. 19, 2014
As 2014 winds down, the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment is clearly the biggest data breach of the year and among the most devastating to any corporation ever.

How they got in Via a third-party vendor's credentials followed up by exploiting an unpatched Windows flaw.

How long they went undetected From April to September.

How they were discovered The stores' executives were told by bank and law-enforcement officials.

Goodwill Industries (C&K Systems)

Data compromised 868,000 credit/debit card numbers.

How they got in By infecting point of sales card-swipe machines after compromising the network of the operator of the machines. Two other unnamed clients of C&K Systems were also compromised.

How long they went undetected 18 months.

How they were discovered Federal officials and payment card investigators told them.

JP Morgan

Data compromised Phone numbers and email addresses for 76 million households plus 7 million small businesses.

How long they went undetected Three months

How they were discovered Internal investigation as well as outside data about a massive stolen credit card ring.

Data compromised An unconfirmed number of credit card numbers, but possibly as many as an estimated 7 million

How they got in Undisclosed but point-of-sales systems were compromised

How long they went undetected Nine months.

How they were discovered The Secret Service told them about the breach

Neiman Marcus

Data compromised 350,000 payment cards

How they got in Uncertain but point of sales systems were compromised

How long they went undetected Three months.

How they were discovered Credit card processors warned about a possible breach and a consultant confirmed it.

Michaels

Data compromised 2.6 million credit/debit cards

How they got in Undisclosed but point-of-sale machines were infected

How long they went undetected Eight months

How they were discovered Undisclosed

 

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