Framingham, Mass. — An article by Network World magazine provides an eye-popping account of the worst network data breaches reported so far this year. Among the most notorious cybercrimes is the hacking of Snapchat’s 4.6 million user database.
Many retailers have also been hit hard this year, including Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty Holdings telling their customers how their payment card information had been hacked. The Home Depot said an employee with authorized access to its computer systems had gotten hold of 30,000 records on customer information associated with the tool-rental area and had provided some of it to unidentified third parties. That information included names, address, phone number, birth date, card brand, card account number and card expiration date.
The hacker group Syrian Electronic Army was also busy tormenting Microsoft. The Syrian Electronic Army, the hacker group believed to be loyal to Syrian President al_Assad, hacked the official Facebook and Twitter pages of Skype and the Web site’s blog telling users not to use Microsoft Outlook claiming Microsoft sells user information to the government.
As reported, there is plenty of other mischief, such as denial-of-service attacks and cyber-espionage to round out what’s only the first half of the year. Read the full article here.