The number of records exposed in each breach that breaks the news seems to get bigger and bigger. According to the 2019 End-of-Year Data Breach Report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there were 1,473 data breaches last year, exposing over 164,683,455 pieces of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Two months into the year and we’ve already seen the pattern of unprotected databases and employee errors continue to expose consumer information.
Here are the recent data breaches that made headlines in February 2020:
The makeup company Estee Lauder exposed 440 million customer records due to an unsecured database. Customer information left unprotected included email addresses, IP addresses, ports, pathways, and storage information.
Fifth Third Bank
The financial institution Fifth Third Bank announced a former employee is responsible for a data breach, which exposed customers’ name, Social Security number, driver’s license information, mother’s maiden name, address, phone number, date of birth and account numbers.
Health Share of Oregon
A third-party vendor of Health Share of Oregon was responsible for disclosing the personal and medical information of 654,000 members. The Health Share of Oregon data breach disclosed sensitive data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and Medicaid ID numbers.
Hotel guests of MGM Resorts have had their personal information posted on a hacking forum. The names, home addresses, phone numbers, emails, and dates of birth of former hotel guests of over 10.6 million hotel guests have been impacted
PhotoSquared, a photography app, divulged the personal information and photos of the 100,000 individuals who have downloaded the app. Photos, user’s names, addresses, order receipts, and shipping labels were impacted in the unsecured database.
An online tech customization store, Slickwraps, reported exposing 850,000 customers in an unprotected database. The customer information disclosed includes names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and purchase histories.