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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2016

While 2015 saw some massive data breaches, 2016 topped it, with two of the largest breaches in history, a massive hack at the Democratic National Committee with major political implications and a continued onslaught of breaches in healthcare, point-of-sale systems and the federal sector.

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4. Department Of Health And Human Services

In April, a laptop and portable hard drives containing personal information was stolen from the Office of Child Support Enforcement in Washington, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The devices were stolen by intruders who likely used a key from a disgruntled former employee, police said at the time. The devices contained personal information on as many as 5 million individuals, including Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and phone numbers. HHS was highly criticized at the time for not being forthcoming about the breach and who might be at risk. The breach came a year after the federal government announced a massive data breach affecting the Office of Personnel Management that exposed the personal information of more than 21 million federal employees and contractors.

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