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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.

9. Florida Virtual School

Number Of Records Exposed: 368,000

The largest state-run virtual school in the country revealed two major data breaches in March, with the exact nature of the breaches under dispute.

In one of the breaches, the personal information of more than 368,000 students who have taken courses at the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) was left unsecured online for almost two years, exposing them to potential identity theft, the school said.

According to FLVS, unauthorized individuals also obtained data being transferred between FLVS and Florida's Leon County school district, allowing them to collect the Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, spouses' names, personal contact information, and emergency contacts of more than 1,800 Leon County teachers.

Leon County school officials, though, said that Florida Virtual School is 100 percent responsible for the theft since the hackers got all the data from a single server that was accidentally left open.

 
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