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The 10 Largest Data Security Breaches Of 2018 (So Far)

Michael Novinson

Nearly 182 million records were exposed in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2018, with five of the six largest breaches occurring at private sector organizations.

10. Pennsylvania Department of Education

Number Of Records Exposed: 360,000

A data breach of a Pennsylvania Department of Education database may have potentially compromised personal information including Social Security numbers of the commonwealth's current and former teachers.

The breach lasted for 30 minutes on a February afternoon, and was caused by an error made by an employee in the governor's Office of Administration.

During the incident, users who logged into the Teacher Information Management System would have been able to view personal information of other current and former teachers. This database provides a way for teachers to apply for certification, for the department to review applications, and by schools to verify a teacher's certification.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Office of Administration mailed letters to affected individuals offering a year's worth of free credit monitoring services.

 
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