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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2017

Michael Novinson

Multiplying Threats

Data breach activity continued to skyrocket in the first 11 months of 2017, with the numbers of breaches jumping to 1,202, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout. That's up 10 percent from the 1,093 breaches recording during the entirety of 2016.

Targets of the breach efforts have expanded beyond government agencies and Fortune 500 end customers to include third-party contractors and data aggregators, as well as security vendors and solution providers themselves. Attackers have gone after everything from credit card numbers and voter registration details to passwords and encryption keys.

This roundup also includes significant data exposures since 2017 has seen a rising number of security incidents due to misconfigured or poorly secured cloud servers where it's not clear whether the data had actually been breached.

From Equifax to Uber, here's a look at some of the biggest data breaches and security incidents since January.

Get more of CRN's 2017 tech year in review .

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