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Equifax, DoorDash and beyond: Every major security break and data hack



 Capital One

Capital One suffered a massive breach in the hands of hackers.


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Data breaches are scary. Scariest of all the financial institutions you trust. Hackers take advantage of loopholes in institutions' servers and security protections to steal your most personal and sensitive information – credit and debit card numbers avoiding fraudulent scams and being vigilant about monitoring your credit and credit card charges .

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Number of people affected: 4.9 million customers, drivers and merchants

What happened: DoorDash, the popular food delivery service, confirmed that suffered a data breach that affected nearly 5 million users . The company specified that users who signed up after April 5, 2018, were not affected.

The breach, discovered in early September after investigation, determined that information like names, email addresses, delivery addresses, order history, phone numbers and passwords was accessed. The company said that the last four digits of some consumers' credit cards and bank account numbers were also accessed. The investigation thus found that unauthorized activity by a third-party provider had taken place in early May as well.

MoviePass

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MoviePass links customers' credit card numbers and credit card details exposed


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                                                 When: Aug. 20

Number of people Tens of thousands of users and more than 160 million records

What happened: A report from cybersecurity company SpiderSilk, obtained by TechCrunch, found that 160 million MoviePass records were left unencrypted . Because the company's database is not password-protected, it is left with customers' credit card numbers and credit card details exposed. The database remained online until Tuesday. MoviePass has not landed in hot water.

This is not the first time MoviePass has landed in hot water. Earlier, the service faced criticism for changing passwords. The company has also been accused of spiking prices at peak times. Last year, the company said to be successful and asked former customers to opt out of being subscribed again.

Capital One

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                                                 100 million people

What happened: Financial corporation affected 100 million credit card applications, 140,000 social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers.

Capital One said that there was no credit card account number or login credentials were exposed. The breach still affected names, addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses and birth dates. The FBI arrested Paige A. Thompson, a tech worker who goes by the nickname "erratic." Thompson was charged with computer fraud and abuse for the hack.

Capital One has reached out to affected customers, but in the meantime, you can take steps to monitor your accounts for fraud.

Equifax

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                                                 When: Approximately mid-May 2017

About 143 million people

What happened: Hackers stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses in a hack that stretched for three months . In addition, hackers nabbed 209,000 credit card numbers and 182,000 documents containing personal information. It's unclear what the hackers did with the data during that time. The company estimates that helped the US population which affected, but that does not include any victims outside the country. It was the biggest known leak of 2017.

You can still see if you were affected worthwhile since you might get reimbursed for it . The credit reporting company has agreed to pay $ 575 million and up to $ 700 million on July 22 as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission .

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The Starwood Hotels group, bought by Marriott in 2014, was hit by a hacking campaign.


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                                                 2014-2018

383 million

What happened: Starwood Hotels – which includes Sheraton, W Hotels, Westin, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and St. Regis – in 2014, and the Marriott hotel group then acquired Starwood in 2016. In November 2018, Marriott discovered and published a four-year hacking campaign that attacked Starwood's reservation database. Lawmakers demanded data privacy and security protections going forward.

The 500 million guests initially thought it would be reduced to 383 million in January. In addition to names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card information and email addresses, hackers also swiped millions of unencrypted passport numbers.

Facebook

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Facebook was the victim of one of the most infamous hacks ever.


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2016-2018

87 million

What happened: Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal is not the most recent or the biggest, but it's arguably the most infamous. In a nutshell, the popular social media site was tricked by researchers accessing Facebook user data. The researchers then misused the data for political ads during the 2016 US presidential election.

The number of people who compromised quickly rose to 87 million by April 2018 .

Donald Trump. Trump's campaign hired Cambridge Analytica to run data operations during the 2016 election. Steve Bannon, who would become Trump's chief strategist, is also reportedly vice president of Cambridge Analytica's board. The company helped identify those who had their say, and gave them advice on how best to focus their approach.

Anthem

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Anthem had to pay $ 145 million to settle for a breach class action lawsuit.


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                                                 2015

80 million

What happened: The hackers that infiltrated Anthem Insurance swiped the names, dates of birth , member IDs, Social Security Numbers, addresses and more than 80 million current (at the time) and former employees. Shortly after the hack was revealed, attorneys general accused Anthem of failing to communicate the gravity of the situation to customers. In June 2017, Anthem agreed to pay hack. Yahoo

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None of Yahoo's 3 billion accounts had gone unscathed in the original breach.


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2013- 2014

3 billion

What happened: Yahoo users were urged to change their passwords after hackers stole personal information associated with about half a billion email accounts. At the time, the numbers made it the biggest data breach in history. Initially, the casualties were reported at 500 million, making the hack the biggest in history. Yahoo slowly raised the number but reported in 2017 that none of its 3 billion accounts had gone unscathed in the original breach. That's 3 billion names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and unencrypted security questions.

The culprit? A 23-year-old Russian hacker-for-hire named Karim Baratov. Baratov was sentenced to five years in prison, paid the victims restitution and $ 2.25 million in fines. Yahoo did not go without punishment either. 200 million people have been hacked.

Read More: The best identity theft protection and monitoring services

This story is periodically updated as new developments are announced.

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