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GRC Professional : GRC Autumn 2012
20 GRC Professional • Autumn 2012 AOL Personal information of 600,000 users exposed An in-house team at AOL publicly posted data from about 20 million web searches from over 600,000 users. AOL was trying to aid academic research on internet traffic, but the data was found to contain personal information – and the New York Times quickly showedhow individuals could be easily traced from the ‘anonymous’ data. 2006 News of the World Voicemail hacking leads to arrests Widespread hacking of the mobile voicemail accounts of politicians, celebrities and crime victims in the pursuit of stories by the tabloid publication has led to high-profile arrests and resignations of News International executives. Sony 1.5m Australian Sony user accounts compromised In an attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network,personaldata of 1.5 million users – including names, addresses, birthdays, emailaddresses andlog-in passwords – were accessed. 280,000 user accounts had credit card details, butthese were encrypted andthere hadbeen no reports of fraudulent activity, according to Sony. The incident prompted the Federal Government to tighten laws around privacy breach disclosure. COVER STORY » TOP DATA BREACHES OF ALL TIME GRC Professional reveals its pick of the most serious examples of breached security in network history. Albert Gonzales Hacker steals millions of credit and debit card numbers Over an 18-month period, 45.6 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen from TJX systems in Miami. Gonzales hacked into wireless networks at TJ Maxx, Sports Authority, Barnes & Noble and other merchants. A year later, Gonzales hacked into Heartland Payment Systems/Citibank ATM network, obtaining 130 million credit and debit card numbers. 2005– 2006 Facebook Apps share personal data with advertisers The social networking site admitted in October 2010 that its top 10 most popular applications, including FarmVille and Texas Hold`em, shared user data with advertisers. A Wall Street Journal investigation said the breach affected tens of millions of users. 2010 2011 Vodafone and Telstra Customer information made public Vodafone’s data was breached in early 2011, which allowed the private information of four million customers to be made public. Telstra also exposed customer information to the web after one of its internal tools was indexed byGoogle and madepublic. 2011 2011 Google Street View Data on website use captured by roving cars The Australian Communications Minister said Google’s collection of wireless network data through its Street View service was the single biggest breach of privacy in history. Google announced it had discovered the roving cars it uses to create its online mapping services were inadvertently gathering data on people’s website use over unsecured wireless networks. 2011
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