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The Error Of Your Ways: Top 10 Data Breaches Of 2014

CRN rounds up the top data breaches of the year so far, all of which illustrate how basic employee mistakes can lead to data exposure that impacts millions.

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2. Retail Breaches Impact Millions

A number of high-profile retail breaches rattled the security landscape at the end of 2013 and into this year.

Retail giant Target, which revealed a data breach at the end of 2013, recently hired a new CIO and is the first major U.S. retailer to unveil the adoption of chip-and-pin technology to bolster the security of its systems. Texas-based liquor store chain Spec's, for its part, said more than 550,000 credit and debit cards at 34 of its locations were stolen in an attack against its systems through March 2014. Neiman Marcus said attackers bilked 350,000 credit and debit cards.

Meanwhile, Michaels Stores said on April 17 that attackers had infiltrated its point-of-sale systems and stole 2.6 million credit and debit cards. Art and framing retailer Aaron Brothers, a subsidiary of Michaels Stores, said its breach involved 400,000 credit and debit cards and acknowledged that some cards were used to make fraudulent transactions.

 
 
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