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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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9. AOL Mail, Yahoo Mail Breaches Highlight Phishing Threat

Attacks targeting Yahoo and AOL webmail impacted tens of thousands of users. Yahoo took measures to contain a coordinated attack against its webmail account holders in January, saying that attackers used a list of user names and passwords compromised from a third-party database. The company reset passwords on impacted accounts. AOL, meanwhile, acknowledged a breach of its systems Monday that it said enabled attackers to hijack the AOL Mail accounts of hundreds of thousands of users of its service. In both attacks the criminals used the names and email addresses from the affected accounts to send spoofed emails to support spam and phishing campaigns.

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