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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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3. Myspace

In May, many users got a reminder that they still held Myspace accounts, as the social media network announced a breach that reportedly affected 360 million accounts. In a blog post announcing the breach, Myspace said it discovered that email addresses, user names, and passwords for accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 had been posted on an online hacker forum. Myspace had updated its platform in 2013, which included a strengthening of account security. Myspace attributed the breach to the Russian hacker "Peace."

Myspace wasn't the only social media network in hot water for a data breach this year. Tumblr announced that 65 million accounts from a 2013 breach had been posted on the dark web. LinkedIn also announced it had discovered 117 million email and password combinations for sale on the dark web this year from a 2012 breach. Foursquare was also reportedly hit by a breach that affected 22.5 million customers, though the company denies the breach.

 
 
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