In this article we summarized five major data leakages and breaches over the past years. Yes, even large corporations and governmental organizations cannot sometimes guarantee the security of information about clients and users, despite multi-million cyber security expenses.
Cyberattack against Singaporean Prime-Minister
In 2017 Singapore ranked the sixth safest country in the world, according to World Economic Forum rating. And in July 2018 the major cyberattack in the country’s history was performed.
Experienced attackers hacked a database of SingHealth – the largest group of medical institutions in Singapore. Cyber fraudsters stole the personal information of 1.5 million patients.
Intruders accessed names, surnames, ID numbers, addresses and birthdates of these people. Besides, hackers discovered medication data, prescribed to 160,000 patients.
Several powerful officials and politicians were among victims of a cyberattack, including Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as follows from a press release of a Ministry of Health, Singapore.
Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and the Integrated Health Information System confirmed that it was a deliberate and targeted cyberattack.
$100,000 for data of 57 million drivers and customers of Uber
In 2017 Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet the steal of personal data of 57 million Uber users.
Cyber-attackers stole names, e-mails and phone numbers of a mobile app users all over the world, including data of 600,000 U.S. taxi drivers.
Intruders hacked GitHub, a web-service designed for hosting and collaborate development of IT-projects. Hackers stole Uber’s credentials for another cloud-services provider and downloaded data of drivers and passengers, Reuters writes.
Names and job titles of 33 million employees of U.S. corporations leak into the web
Dun & Bradstreet marketing company found itself in trouble. In 2017 its database containing personal information of 33 million employees of U.S. companies – IBM, Boeing, FedEx, Xerox – was exposed.
The stolen information contained e-mail addresses, names, surnames and job titles of employees. Dun & Bradstreet denied that their database was breached and suspected the data to have leaked from some of its clients, CNews reports.
Scandal leak of 50 million Facebook users’ data
Cambridge Analytica – a British data analytics company – used data of 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
The company collected relevant data about users of a social network through an app, and created psychological profiles of U.S. voters on its basis. It is believed that the information was used for customization of advertisements in Facebook that influenced the voters of the President of the United States.
Associated Press reports that Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica. The social network states that not all of stolen personal data of users was destroyed. Cambridge Analytica insists that it has destroyed all the information downloaded via an app. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the mistake of a social network and apologized for users’ personal data leak.
Stolen “memories” of 21 million Timehop users
In July 2018 a cloud system of Timehop service suffered a cyber attack. Hackers stole data of 21 million users of a mobile app.
Timehop is a mobile app that identifies itself as a personal time machine of each user. The service automatically hooks up to social media and runs through the user’s events that took place several years before.
The fraudsters managed to get names, surnames, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of users. Technical experts promised to rapidly address the mobile app’s shortcomings and provide information security of the service for its clients, Timehop reports in its blog.
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