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10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2011 (So Far)

Data breaches have pummeled high profile targets like a freight train this year. Here are 10 of the year's biggest breaches so far.

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Sony PlayStation Network



You could have called it the mother of all breaches when Sony PlayStation Network and Qriosity services got hit with a massive external hack that compromised a total of 100 million customer accounts, forcing Sony to shut down its services for more than six weeks.

Sony issued an alert in April of the attack, which compromised around 77 million customer login credentials and personal information used to access user accounts. The company later confessed that hackers also managed to access information from an additional 24.6 million customer accounts from its Sony Online Entertainment [SOE].

Altogether, the stolen information included user names, passwords, online IDs, customer addresses, e-mail addresses, and birth dates, as well as customer profile data, including purchase history, billing addresses and answers to security questions.

 
 
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