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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches of 2019

More than 137 million records were exposed in the 10 biggest data breaches in 2019, with six of the 10 largest incidents occurring at medical or healthcare organizations and two taking place at government agencies.

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1. Capital One

Number of Records Exposed: 106 Million

Capital One revealed in July that a hacker had gained access to personal information from 106 million credit card applicants and customers in the United States and Canada.

The McLean, Va.-based financial services giant said one million Canadian Social Insurance Numbers, 140,000 U.S. Social Security numbers, and 80,000 linked bank account numbers of Capital One clients were compromised in the breach. People that applied for a Capital One credit card between 2005 and early 2019 had their name, address, ZIP code/postal code, phone number, email address, date of birth, and self-reported income accessed by the hacker, according to the company.

Former Amazon Web Services employee Paige Thompson was ultimately charged with accessing the personal information of Capital One credit card applicants and customers as well as stealing data from more than 30 other companies. A firewall misconfiguration allegedly allowed Thompson to access folders or buckets of data in Capital One's AWS storage space.


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