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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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3. Verizon

Personal data on more than 14 million Verizon customers was reportedly exposed in a July incident that highlights the importance of moving data protection practices to the cloud.

The security lapse involved technology supplier Nice Systems, which left Verizon customer data unprotected on an Amazon Web Services S3 storage instance, according to a ZDNet report. The data contained names, phone numbers and PINs that could be used to access their Verizon accounts.

Up to 14 million subscribers were affected, or about 10 percent of Verizon's 108 million total subscribers, according to the report. The subscribers affected were primarily those who called Verizon's customer services line in the last six months, the report said.

The report said the data was left exposed and easily accessible by guessing a simple URL that directed to the improperly configured drive, but didn't indicate if hackers had actually accessed the data. Verizon called the incident "overblown" and said there hadn't been any loss or theft of Verizon or Verizon customer information.

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