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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2017

Data breach activity continued to soar in 2017, with the number of breaches jumping more than 10 percent to 1,202. Here are the 10 biggest breaches of this year.

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1. Equifax

Equifax in September revealed a huge data breach that impacted 143 million customers of its credit and information services. The breach was first discovered on July 29 and was due to a vulnerability in a U.S. website application, which allowed hackers access to certain files.

The breach included information on names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, and some drivers license numbers. It also included more than 200,000 credit card numbers and nearly 200,000 other documents with personal identifying information.

Less than three weeks after the breach was revealed, the company announced that CEO Richard Smith would retire. The departure was effective immediately, though Smith remained as an unpaid advisor to the company.

Solution providers said Equifax's handling of the mega breach showed the need to show adequate public relations and breach notifications procedures in place. Specifically, partners said incident response needs to include the 'nontechnical' such as legal, regulatory and compliance, executive notifications, and breach notifications to customers.

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