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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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RSA was brought to its knees when it fell victim to a sophisticated and targeted attack that compromised its SecureID two factor authentication tokens. Art Coviello, executive chairman of Bedford, Mass.-based RSA, the security arm of EMC, told customers that the company had identified an attack that included the use of an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) that compromised seed code from the SecureID authentication products to weaken its security defenses.

After weeks of silence, executives disclosed that the the cyber attack began with spearphishing e-mail incorporating a malicious Excel file that exploited an Adobe Flash Player vulnerability. The emails -- sent to two small groups of employees during a two-day period -- tricked victims into opening the file, which contained a zero-day exploit that installed a backdoor via the Flash vulnerability. However, RSA remained mum on what the hackers took and how customers would be affected.

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