February 9, 2016

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Recent Data Breach Roundup: January 2016

Concerned you may have missed news of a recent data or security breach that may affect you? Don’t worry — just check out our roundup of recent data breaches to stay in the loop.

Here are the top breaches that were making headlines in January 2016:

Time Warner Cable

Up to 320,000 customers of Time Warner Cable may have had their email passwords stolen, the company reported. Time Warner learned about the breach, which is still under investigation, when it received a notification from the FBI.

A company statement said the email addresses and passwords may have been gathered through malware downloaded during phishing attacks or via other companies that store Time Warner information.

Fraternal Order of Police

The nation’s largest law enforcement union, which represents about 330,000 officers, reported a website breach that includes the names and home addresses of members as well as private forum posts critical of President Obama. Also exposed were hundreds of contracts between regional authorities and local chapters, with some of the documents containing sensitive information about officers undergoing prosecution or disciplinary actions.

Hackers dumped a significant amount of the information onto social media sites. Speaking to a U.K. newspaper, one of the hackers claimed it was an action designed to present the material in an “unadulterated form for the public to analyze.”

Centene Corporation

Health insurer Centene reported that the company is missing six unencrypted hard drives containing health information for nearly 1 million customers. Security analysts have noted that the loss raises questions about the steps needed to protect storage media and the difficulty in tracking all IT assets within a company.

Centene provides health plans for government-sponsored programs, including Medicaid. CEO Michael Neidorff said there’s no evidence that the information on the drives has been inappropriately used, but that the company is notifying affected individuals as a precaution.


Austria-based aerospace parts manufacturer FACC announced it had become the victim of cyber fraud, even though the company’s IT infrastructure, data security and IP rights were not affected. However, FACC did take a financial hit, with a theft equivalent to $54.5 million in U.S. dollars. Security experts noted that if that figure is accurate, it’s certainly eyebrow-raising, considering that the average corporate data breach results in a $3.8 million loss.

Be sure to check back in early March to keep up to date on the most recent data breaches.

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