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CONFIDENTIAL: Top 11 Worst Data Breaches of All Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on 20 August 2015 by Total Secure Shredding

A look at the latest and most significant hacker-related data breaches; determined by the amount of classified information that ended up in the wrong hands.

5,377 – Number of data breaches from 2005 to June 2015

786,098,214 – Number of records stolen from 2005 to June 2015

Due to the rise in prevalence, data breaches and have become a huge topic of concern for both customers and business owners. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay informed, be alert, and take the appropriate precautions in order to keep your classified information safe.


(2nd largest health insurer in the U.S.)

  • 80,000,000 records accessed
  • February 2015
  • Hackers retrieved: names, dates of birth, member ID/social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, employment information

JP Morgan Chase

(Largest bank in the U.S.)

  • 76,000,000 records accessed
  • July 2014
  • Hackers obtained: names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses

Home Depot

  • 56,000,000 records accessed
  • September 2014
  • Hackers obtained: credit and debit card information
  • Accessed through: malware installed on cash register systems in 2,200 stores


  • 145,000,000 records accessed
  • March 2014
  • Hackers obtained: all customer account information


  • 70,000,000 records accessed
  • December 2013
  • Hackers obtained: credit and debit card information
  • Accessed through: software installed on magnetic swipe machines at registers


  • 36,000,000 records accessed
  • September 2013
  • Hackers obtained: customer IDs, encrypted passwords, names, credit card numbers, expiration dates

Massive American Business Hack

(7-Eleven, JC Penny, Hannaford, Heartland, JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, Global Payment, Diners Singapore, and Ingenicard)

  • 160,000,000 records accessed
  • 2005-2012
  • Hackers obtained: credit card and debit card numbers, bank account information
  • The hackers targeted banks, payment processors, and chain stores

Sony PSN

  • 77,000,000 records accessed
  • April 2011
  • Hackers obtained: all user account information


(Independent payment processor)

  • 130,000,000 records accessed
  • March 2008
  • Hackers obtained: credit and debit card information
  • Considered the largest credit card scam in the U.S.

TJX Companies

(TJ Maxx/ Marshalls)

  • 94,000,000 records accessed
  • December 2006
  • Hackers obtained: credit and debit card information
  • Considered the largest retail data breach in the U.S.


  • 92,000,000 records accessed
  • August 2006
  • Hackers obtained: screen names, email addresses
  • Accessed by a previous AOL employee (software engineer) who gave the data to spammers

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Prevent data breaches by performing regular tests to assess vulnerability, backing up information through remote data backup services, and effectively disposing any extra or duplicate records of confidential information.

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