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After purchasing the Starwood hotel group in 2016, Marriott identified the hackers had unauthorized access to the Starwood reservation database since 2014.
The hacked data included names, addresses and passport numbers.
Date: May 2018Number of affected users: 330 million What happened: In May 2018, Twitter urged its 330 million users to change their passwords after discovering a glitch which caused some passwords to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system. Federal Trade Commission had previously settled a dispute with Twitter in 2010 over accusations that “serious lapses” in data security had resulted in hackers accessing private user data on two occasions.
While an internal investigation found no evidence that passwords had been compromised, the company advised all users of the social network to change their passwords and enable the two-factor authentication service as an additional layer of protection. Date: June 2017Number of affected users: 198 million What happened: Deep Root Analytics, a marketing firm specializing in identifying audiences for political advertisements, was revealed to have stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server in June 2017.
The site was compromised with a local file inclusion exploit, which means the website's code allowed access to files on the server that aren't supposed to be public.
Nearly a million accounts have the password "123456". The non-plaintext passwords were easily cracked anyway, apparently due to some roll-your-own encryption that involved lowercasing everything, SHA1ing it and going back to bed.
Friend Finder Network subsequently released a statement advising that the company did “..a vulnerability that was related to the ability to access source code through an injection vulnerability." Date: May 2016Number of affected users: 360 million What happened: Users of the social networking site My Space were notified in May 2016 that their old information could be available for sale online.
These three accounted for the vast majority of registered addresses, with AOL and Live an order of magnitude down.
In October 2017, Yahoo’s parent company Verizon revised the estimate upwards, stating that all three billion user accounts had been affected, confirming it as the biggest data breach to date.
Date: November 2018Number of affected users: 500 million What happened: Hotel chain Marriott announced in November 2018 its reservation system had been hacked, resulting in the potential exposure of personal data belonging to 500 million guests.
Although the breach was dated back to June 2013, usernames and passwords could have been re-used to access information on other websites.
The Russian hacker allegedly behind the My Space hack was also purported to be the mastermind of other attacks on social sites such as Linked In and Tumblr.