Cybercrimes are becoming increasingly sophisticated, leading to more data breaches over the last few years. A recent report from cybersecurity firm Shape Security discovered that 80% to 90% of people who enter an e-commerce site are hackers using stolen data.

Companies of all sizes have been breached in 2018, due in part because of a failure to adopt the most advanced, cutting-edge data and security technologies in the industry.

Here are the seven biggest data breaches of the year so far:

  • Facebook: One of the most recent data breaches was announced in late September as Facebook said that hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the company’s code. The breach led to 30 million users being affected with the personal information of at least 14 million users being stolen by hackers, including gender, religion, relationship status, current city and hometown, birthday, device types, education and work history. Additionally, at least 400,000 accounts were fully accessed.


  • Pentagon: More than just companies are targeted by cybercriminals as the U.S. Pentagon was breached, according to a statement from government officials this month. The U.S. Department of Defense said that the data breach exposed the travel records of at least 30,000 personnel. The team at the Pentagon failed to change the default passwords of many open-source or commercial software, resulting in the breach.


  • Macy’s: The credit card numbers and other pieces of information of some Macy’s online customers may have been compromised in a breach that took place between April 26 and June 12. An “unauthorized third party” reportedly obtained usernames and passwords, allowing the party to log onto Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s shoppers’ online profiles.


  • Google Plus: Alphabet said it will be shutting down its social media service Google Plus after a data breach exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of its users, according to a blog post from the company. Data revealed by the breach includes names, email addresses, occupations, genders and age, even when the data was listed as private rather than public.


  • Under Armour: This past spring, Under Armour revealed that a data breach affected about 150 million users of the company’s MyFitnessPal fitness tracking app. Hackers were able to access usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords, among other pieces of information.


  • British Airways: Another major company hit with a data breach in 2018 was British Airways, as travellers who made bookings between August 21 and September 5 may have had some of their personal information stolen by hackers. The company said that about 380,000 card payments on its website and app were compromised as part of the breach.


  • Orbitz: Travel website Expedia said that its subsidiary Orbitz was the latest company to fall prey to a data breach back in late March. The breach reportedly exposed the data of thousands of customers, including information on 880,000 payment cards. The breach targeted an older website of Orbitz and the information stolen likely includes people’s names, dates of birth, email addresses, street addresses and genders. The breach took place between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017.


Data breaches come in many shapes and sizes, but you can reduce the chances of your company suffering a data breach if you implement the latest and strongest data storage and backup encryption solutions. Our team at BOBcloud offers data storage and backup solutions for your company in the UK, U.S. and other parts of Europe and North America.

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