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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2017 (So Far)

Data breach activity continued to accelerate in the first half of 2017, with the number of breaches jumping 29 percent, to 791. Here are the 10 biggest breaches of this year so far.

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3. Verizon

Personal data on more than 14 million Verizon customers was reportedly exposed in July, in an incident that highlighted the importance of moving data protection practices to the cloud. The security lapse, first reported on ZDNet and discovered by research firm UpGuard, involved technology supplier Nice Systems, which left Verizon customer data unprotected on an Amazon Web Services S3 storage instance. The data contained names, phone numbers and PINs that could be used to access Verizon accounts. The report did not say if hackers had accessed the data, only that it was left exposed and easily accessible by guessing a simple URL that led to the improperly configured cloud drive.The report said the affected subscribers accounted for about 10 percent of Verizon's 108 million total subscribers. Those affected were primarily subscribers who called Verizon's customer services line in the last six months, the report said.

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