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The Top 10 Security Breaches Of 2012

Here's a look back at the missteps, miscues and misapprehensions that led to a profitable year for cybercriminals.

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2. Zappos

A data breach is bad enough. But, what happened in January to customers of online shoe and clothing retailers Zappos was more like a data deluge! Personal details on as many as 24 million people were hacked and stolen. And, the thieves got a lot more than just isolated data points here and there. The bad guys walked away with names, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of credit card numbers, and passwords. Fortunately for the victims, however, those passwords were at least encrypted. Furthermore, the company stepped up with a highly proactive response that involved new passwords and increased numbers of call center folks to help victims navigate the situation. But, with a list of victims 24 million lines long, Zappos takes the runner-up position for the biggest breach of 2012.

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