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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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3. 2014 University Breaches Pile Up

CRN has pulled together five high-profile university data breaches that have resulted of the theft or loss of information on nearly 900,000 people in 2014. A breach at the University of Maryland compromised more than 300,000 student, faculty and staff records. The university's student ID database was accessed, and it contained data on every student that had received an ID since 1998. The North Dakota University System, meanwhile, said it detected suspicious activity on a database server containing more than 291,000 current and former students and about 780 faculty and staff. The attacker used an existing login account to access the server, but the incident was contained before data was removed. At Indiana University, a breach impacted more than 146,000 students and recent graduates after data was improperly stored in a server exposed to the Internet. It was accessed by automated webcrawlers. In addition, breaches at Iowa State University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center exposed the information on tens of thousands of people.

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