I remember when I posted the final list of breaches in 2015 and being shocked at the number I came to: 480 million.
Now, posting this year’s list of 1.5 billion breaches, I’m already beginning to worry about counting up 2017’s.
I’d like to point out that I’ve not included the 500 million records exposed in the Yahoo data breach that came to light this year. The breach occurred in 2014 but didn’t become publicly known until earlier this year. I receive mixed comments when I include breaches that have that sort of timeline, so I’ve decided to remove it. For the less mathematically inclined, if you were to include it, that’d be 2,154,135,541.
In January, I’ll post an in-depth analysis of 2016’s breaches and hacks – so be sure to subscribe to our Daily Sentinel to be notified when that goes live.
Below, I’ve listed the most significant events of each month. To view the full list for each month, please click that month’s heading. I will continue to update this list until the end of January 2017, so be sure to come back.
Note: The total number alongside each month is not definitive; please take it as the minimum number of records leaked in each month, not the total.
January – 57,740,000
February – 428,000
March – 20,018,962
April – 166,687,282
May – 117,339,372
June – 289,150,000
July – 34,195,351
August – 11,875,817
September – 105,400,000
October – 142,160,000
November – 456,403,757
December – to be updated
Well, that’s it for this year – a lot to reflect on over the Christmas period.
Original Source: Lewis Morgan, IT Governance Blog