2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame: These were the biggest data breaches of the year

by Larry Emmott on January 6, 2020

in Security

From CNET:

The biggest recurrent motif among the major data breaches of 2019 wasn’t the black-hooded hacker in a dark room, digging into a screen full of green text. It was a faceless set of executives and security professionals under the fluorescent lights of an office somewhere, frantically dialing their attorneys and drafting public relations apologies after leaving the front doors of their servers unlocked in public.

Source: 2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame: These were the biggest data breaches of the year – CNET

There was this:

 Marriott kicked off 2019 with a record-setting breach when the hotel group announced that hackers accessed the records — including some passport numbers and credit card information — of up to 383 million guests. That’s more than double the 147.7 million Americans impacted by the Equifax breach.

And this in the medical field:

At least 20 million patients had their data exposed when bill collector American Medical Collection Association was hacked.

Plus medical ransomware:

Meanwhile, a crop of smaller breaches offered a glimpse into the peculiar cruelty of medical breaches: An attacker held up to 15,000 Australian patients‘ files for ransom, unauthorized email access exposed 326,000 Connecticut patients‘ records, close to a million Washington patients‘ information was left exposed in an open database, and 2.7 million calls to a national Swedish health line were recorded and left out in the open.

Most medical dental breaches continue to be from stolen hardware not cyber attacks. However the really big breaches, like the 20 million exposure noted above, are hacks. Ransomware continues to be a growing problem in medicine and dentistry.

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