Although the holiday season was in full force in December, that didn’t seem to slow down hackers and cyber criminals.
This month, we saw breaches from technology companies, payment processors, a university, and more.
Here are the recent data breaches that were making headlines in December 2017:
More than 120 million households were affected by the December 19th, 2017 leak by Alteryx. This information was left exposed to hackers, and it included addresses, income, hobbies/interests, and income. The data was left in the Amazon Web Services file, and anyone who had access to these free accounts had access to the data.
California officials announced that on December 15, 2017, that they were investigating a data breach of the MongoDB database, which houses the names of every voter in California. Approximately 19.2 million voter records could have been compromised, and they were left open for anyone to see.
The internet giant, eBay, was not exempt from hackers in 2017, either. On December 10, 2017, it was announced that there was a privacy leak affecting many customers. This leak made it possible for anyone using Google Shopping to view the personal information. This particular breach was caused by a technical glitch between eBay and Google, but some information that was leaked included sensitive purchase information including pregnancy and HIV tests.
On December 1, 2017, TIO Networks, a business recently acquired by PayPal, might have compromised the identity of more than 1.6 million of their customers. This included information such as user names, passwords, credit card information, and bank account information. As of right now, there is no evidence that this information was actually stolen, but PayPal is treating it as a data breach.
On December 1st, 2017, a Stanford University server exposed the personal information of more than 10,000 members of its staff and students. In fact, not only did it happen once, it actually happened three times in 2017. The university is blaming it on a server in the Stanford Graduate School of Business that was misconfigured. Some of the information that was exposed included the names, salaries, birthdays, and Social Security numbers of staff and students.
These are only some of the many data breaches that affected the public in December, and it just goes to show you that no organization is safe from hackers.
Check back next month to stay up to date on the most recent data breaches.