Chronology of Data Breaches
Security Breaches 2005 - Present

Posted Date: April 20, 2005
Updated Date: December 31, 2013

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931,357,921 RECORDS BREACHED
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from 4,447 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005

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Date Made Public Name Entity Type
February 3, 2012 American Third Position (A3P)
Las Vegas, Nevada
NGO HACK

Unknown

Activists who use hacking (hactivists) targeted several American White supremacist groups.  A partial list of officers, political candidate information, financial data, and other member information was exposed.  

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 16, 2012 D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI Mortgage)
Fort Worth, Texas
BSF UNKN

Unknown

A software security incident caused the personal information of mortgage applicants to be exposed. Unknown external sources caused a breach that compromised customer Social Security numbers, dates of birth, income data, and assets and liabilities information. The breach was discovered on February 10 at DHI's Internet Loan Prequalification System.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 14, 2012 U.S. Postal Service
Miami, Florida
GOV PHYS

Unknown

A man shot and killed a postal worker in December of 2010 in order to steal his master key. The key was then used by the the man and his partner to access apartment complex mailboxes in the North Miami-Dade area.  An unknown number of people then became victims of tax refund fraud.

The man was found guilty of 14 counts of homicide, carjacking, robbery, possession of a firearm, and aggravated identity theft in September of 2012.  He faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 14, 2012 Wounded Warrior Project
Jacksonville, Florida
NGO PORT

Unknown

A July 25 office burglary resulted in the theft of at least 33 laptops and iPads. The personal information of an unspecified number of former employees may have been affected.

UPDATE (11/28/2012): The laptops contained employee names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, passport numbers, credit card information, bank account numbers, and possibly life insurance dependent information.  The IT department remotely locked access to the devices after discovering they had been stolen earlier in the same day.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 16, 2012 Quest Diagnostics
Madison, New Jersey
MED INSD

Unknown

A dishonest employee was discovered to have forwarded emails that contained sensitive personal information in late July.  The emails included names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, driver's license numbers, financial account information, and medical/health insurance information.  

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 16, 2012 Lahey Clinic
Burlington, Massachusetts
MED PORT

Unknown

The loss of a physician's unencrypted, password-free Blackberry at an airport on July 1 resulted in the exposure of patient names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, diagnosis information, procedure names, and test results.  Lahey Clinic was able to remove all data from the device remotely on July 6. Affected patients were notified in late August.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 21, 2012 China East
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
BSR INSD

Unknown

A dishonest employee was caught with a backpack full of customer financial information.  A resident reported the employee when he saw someone checking his mail for packages.  Police investigated and were able to uncover fraudulent activity.  At least 10 purchases were made with customer debit and credit cards between January and February.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 17, 2012 St. Therese Medical Group
Bakersfield, California
MED STAT

Unknown

A July 22 Saint Therese office theft of a computer resulted in the exposure of patient information.  The computer was unencrypted; however, it was password protected.Names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, health insurer names, dates of treatment, amount billed, and account balances were exposed. Notifications were sent on September 17.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 21, 2012 Central States Southeast and Southwest Areas Health and Welfare Fund
Des Plaines, Illinois
NGO PHYS

754 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

An incident occurred on July 31 that may have caused sensitive health information to be exposed. The information was in the form of paper records that were exposed in some undisclosed way.

 
Information Source:
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 18, 2012 Northstar Healthcare
Chicago, Illinois
MED DISC

170 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

An email that was sent to patients displayed the names of all patients who received the email.  The email was sent to patients being treated for HIV or AIDS and inadvertently revealed names and HIV status.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 19, 2012 Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Frankfort, Kentucky
MED HACK

2,500 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services displayed an official notice on their website here: http://chfs.ky.gov/news/HIPAA+Notice.htm

An employee was the victim of a phishing attack via email sent by a hacker.  The employee's account was then compromised.  Unauthorized activity was identified on the account within half an hour and the account was immediately disabled.  

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 21, 2012 Library Resources, Inc. (LRI)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MED PORT

3,183 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

Consumers with questions may call LRI's Quality Management Hotline at 1-888-634-2155 ext. 629.

The August 4th theft of a laptop resulted in the exposure of sensitive information. The laptop contained names, Medicaid numbers, and short summary information used for administrative purposes. 

 
Information Source:
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 21, 2012 Lana Medical Care
Ormond Beach, Florida
MED PORT

500 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The August 18th theft of a laptop resulted in the exposure of patient information.

 
Information Source:
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 29, 2012 Health and Sports Rehab, Inc.
Dorchester, Massachusetts
MED INSD

Unknown

A dishonest intern stole personal information while working at the clinic.  The information was used to create and cash fraudulent checks and the dishonest intern pled guilty.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 27, 2012 Apex Laboratory
Farmingdale, New York
MED HACK

Unknown

Apex Laboratory learned from law enforcement investigators on July 30 that an unauthorized party or parties accessed their computer systems.  Patients may have had their names, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, gender, and insurance identification numbers were exposed.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 27, 2012 Rite Aid Corporation
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
BSR DISC

Unknown

A customer using RiteAid's mobile app to check a prescription noticed that he was able to access the names, addresses, and prescription records of other customers.  The customer was able to identify some of the problems by using his computer science background.  He noticed there was no secure login tied to web service calls made from the smartphone application.  The customer was able to correspond with several RiteAid representatives and RiteAid began to address some of the security concerns.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 21, 2012 Tricounty Behavioral Health Clinic
Acworth, Georgia
MED PORT

4,000 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

Those with questions may call 888-261-6360.

An August 26 office theft of a laptop resulted in the exposure of patient information. 

 
Information Source:
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 2, 2012 Robeson County Board of Elections
Lumberton, North Carolina
GOV PORT

71,000 (Partial SSNs exposed)

Five password-protected laptop computers that contained personal information of registered voters in Robeson County were discovered stolen in September.  Voters had their names, addresses, dates of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers exposed.  The computers went missing between July 18 and September 4. They were most likely taken while outside of their normally secured area and left with unsupervised community volunteers.  Driver's license numbers may have also been exposed.  Those who were affected were mailed letters on September 12.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 1, 2012 San Mateo Union High School District
San Mateo, California
EDU HACK

Unknown

Hackers accessed San Mateo Union High School District's computer system and attempted to use it to infiltrate FBI and CIA electronic systems. The District became aware of the problem when United States Naval Intelligence informed them that the District's servers had been compromised.  The hackers appear to have used additional organizations in their scheme.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 24, 2012 CIty of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
GOV HACK

Unknown

Those with questions may call (918) 596-2699.

A hacker or hacker managed to infiltrate and bring down the City of Tulsa's website.  It is unclear if any information was accessed, but notifications were sent to people who applied online for jobs or submitted online police reports.  Names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and driver's license numbers may have been exposed.

UPDATE (10/01/2012): A member or members of the IT department used a third-party firm to test the City's computer system.  There was no unauthorized access.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 4, 2012 Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College
Monterey, California
EDU PORT

Unknown

A September 14, 2012 home burglary resulted in the theft of a laptop.  The laptop was password-protected and was stolen along with other items.  Student names and Social Security numbers were on the laptop.  

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 26, 2012 American Heart Association, Olive Crest
Las Vegas, Nevada
NGO PORT

Unknown

An office burglary resulted in the exposure of personal information.  Two or more laptops with donor information and a docking station were stolen.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 8, 2012 GreenStone Homes
Columbus, Ohio
BSO PHYS

Unknown

A pile of thousands of documents were found in the street. Two bags were stuffed with financial information such as tax returns with Social Security numbers. The information was found in the driveway of a model home that had been foreclosed in July 2011.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 8, 2012 Ohio State University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Princeton University, John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of Houston, New York University, University of Maryland
,
EDU HACK

Unknown

There is no specific location for this breach.

The University of Texas, University of Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Florida, Case Western Reserve University, Texas A&M University, Boston University, Purdue University, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Utah, Ohio State College of Dentistry, and additional universities were affected.  Universities outside of the United States were also affected.

Each affected university is listed here: http://pastebin.com/AQWhu8Ek

A hacking group called Team GhostShell targeted universities around the world.  A total of 53 universities were affected.  Most of the data exposed was publicly available, but student, staff, and faculty usernames and passwords were also exposed. It is unclear if any financial information or Social Security numbers were taken from universities.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 14, 2012 American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, Mesa Royalty Trust
New York, New York
BSF DISC

Unknown

A mailing error caused personal information to be exposed.  Beneficiary statements containing tax information for 2011 were sent by postal mail on April 2, 2012.  The statements were mailed to incorrect addresses and exposed names, home addresses, and tax identification numbers of intended shareholders. The error was discovered on April 6.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 14, 2012 America Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
New York, New York
BSF HACK

Unknown

Shareholder 1099 forms were sent to the wrong addresses due to a mailing error.  Names, home addresses, and tax identification numbers could have been viewed by incorrect parties.  The forms were mailed on January 17 and the error was discovered on January 18.  

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

February 13, 2012 #1 Chat Avenue
, Kansas
BSO HACK

39 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

No city is listed for this organization.

A hacker or hackers accessed and posted online information.  A total of 39 administrator and moderator usernames, email addresses, and salted passwords were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 8, 2012 Hydrogen Software
Columbia, Montana
BSR HACK

201 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A hacker or hackers accessed and posted online information.  A total of 201 usernames and hashed passwords were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 10, 2012 B-K Lighting
Madera, California
BSO HACK

3,410 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A hacker or hackers accessed and posted online information.  A total of 3,410 names, addresses, usernames, passwords, phone numbers, and email addresses were taken from bklighting.com and exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 12, 2012 FileDen
Palo Alto, California
BSO HACK

4,504 (No SSNs or financial information exposed)

A hacker or hackers accessed and posted online information from the popular file sharing website.   A total of 4,504 usernames, passwords, and email addresses were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 11, 2012 Virtual Jerusalem
Los Angeles, California
BSO HACK

214 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A hacker or hackers accessed and posted information online.  A total of 214 usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

January 16, 2012 T-Mobile
Bellevue, Washington
BSR HACK

44 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A hacker or hackers accessed and posted online information.  A total of 44 employee names, email addresses, phone numbers, and passwords were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Dataloss DB
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 11, 2012 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Baltimore, Maryland
GOV UNKN

363 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The CMS experienced 13 breaches between September 23, 2009 and December 31, 2011.  The CMS failed to notify beneficiaries of seven of the breaches in a timely manner.  The HHS's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) also alleges that the notifications mailed to beneficiaries did not disclose what type of information had been exposed, the date the breach occurred, or how CMS was working to prevent future breaches.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 10, 2012 PlaySpan
Foster City, California
BSR HACK

100,000 (No SSNs or financial information exposed)

A hacker or hackers accessed PlaySpans computer system.  User IDs, encrypted passwords, and email addresses of online players were exposed.  Users are advised to immediately change their passwords and also any similar passwords for other logins associated with compromised email addresses. PlaySpan Marketplace may have also been affected and could be linked to user financial information.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 12, 2012 Korn/Ferry International
Los Angeles, California
BSO HACK

Unknown

Those with questions may call 1-800-971-5875.

A cyber breach affected Korn/Ferry databases.  Names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, government-issued identification numbers, credit card numbers, and health information may have been exposed.  The information may have been available to unauthorized parties for months before the breach was discovered in August of 2012.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 11, 2012 PST Services, Inc., Litton and Giddings Radiological Associates, P.C.
Springfield, Montana
MED PHYS

Unknown

Litton and Giddings' janitorial service, PST Services, failed to shred patient billing records before sending them to a Springfield recycling company.  The records may have been viewed by unauthorized parties before being destroyed at the recycling center.  

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 13, 2012 City of Burlington, Washington
Burlington, Washington
GOV HACK

Unknown

A hacker or hackers managed to transfer $400,000 in city funds to accounts across the country. The cyber attack occurred sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  City employees may have also had their direct deposit bank account information compromised.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 15, 2012 District 202, Plainfield School District
Plainfield, Illinois
EDU HACK

23,000 (No SSNs or financial information exposed)

People who applied online at www.applitrack.com for a job in District 202 may have had their information accessed by a hacker.  The hacker sent messages to former and current job applicants and informed them that the Plainfield School District 202 website was breached. 

UPDATE (10/19/2012): A 14-year-old Joliet West High School student was removed from class and taken to a juvenile detention center for his alleged involvement in the breach.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 18, 2012 Southern Environmental Law Center
Charlottesville, Virginia
NGO HACK

Unknown

Sensitive information from Southern Environmental Law Center was placed online.  Credit card, medical, and donor information such as addresses, phone numbers, and client files were exposed.  The data was accessible via Google search for an unspecified amount of time.  Southern Environmental Law Center is warning people not to open emails about the security failure or click on any links in emails that appear to be from Southern Environmental Law Center.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 19, 2012 United States Navy, Smart Web Move
Washington, District Of Columbia
GOV HACK

200,000 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A hacker or hackers accessed sensitive information and posted it online.  Former and current Navy personnel who used Smart Web Move to arrange household moves could have been affected.  The compromised database stored 11 years of private information, but only 20 people had their information publicly posted.  Usernames, email addresses, security questions and corresponding answers were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

September 23, 2012 Town of Willimantic, Connecticut
Willimantic, Connecticut
GOV PORT

Unknown

An employee's laptop was stolen from his unattended office between 10 a.m. and noon on September 17.  The laptop was password-protected.  It contained the information of town employees.  Social Security and bank account numbers may have been exposed.

 
Information Source:
Media
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 19, 2012 Valley Plastic Surgery, P.C.
harrisonburg, Virginia
MED PORT

4,873 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The July 15 theft of an electronic device exposed patient information.

 
Information Source:
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 19, 2012 Ecco Health, LLC, Colon & Digestive Health Specialists
Scottsdale, Arizona
MED PORT

5,713 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

A vendor working with patient data for digital conversion from Colon & Digestive lost a flash drive on or around July 16.  It contained patient names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, account numbers, diagnoses, and other protected health information.

 
Information Source:
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 22, 2012 L.A. Care Health Plan
Los Angeles, California
MED PHYS

18,000 (No Social Security numbers or financial information reported)

A mailing error caused ID cards to be mailed to the wrong members.  The cards were mailed on September 17, 2012 and the problem was discovered on September 18, 2012.  Names, member ID numbers, and dates of birth were exposed.

UPDATE (05/21/2013): A total of 18,000 people were affected.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 22, 2012 Office of Dr. Philip P. Corneliuson
Fresno, California
MED STAT

Unknown

Those with questions may call (559) 261-0185.

An office burglary resulted in the theft of a computer.  The incident was discovered on September 15, 2012.  Patient names and Social Security numbers were on the computer.

UPDATE (10/24/2012): The computer contained medical records and insurance information.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 22, 2012 UPMC
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
GOV DISC

Unknown

An assistant police chief filed a complaint alleging that the chief of policed breached federal privacy law.  The complaint alleges that the chief of police received information about ambulance dispatches that was primarily intended for paramedics and other active first responders.  He also claims the chief of police forwarded the information to a third party.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 24, 2012 Barnes & Noble
New York, New York
BSR CARD

Unknown

Concerned customers may call 1-888-471-7809 or visit www.barnesandnobleinc.com

PIN pad devices used to process credit and debit card information in stores were compromised.  The breach was discovered around September 14 during maintenance and inspection of the devices.  Anyone who used a credit or debit card at a Barnes & Noble may have been affected by a sophisticated criminal effort to steal that information.  Names, payment card account numbers, and PINs may have been exposed.  Barnes & Noble removed all PIN pads. Fewer than 1% of the inspected PIN pads had been affected.

UPDATE (10/24/2012): A total of 63 Barnes and Noble stores in nine states had at least one compromised PIN pad device.  Malicious code was installed on the PIN pads.

UPDATE (09/05/2013): A federal judge ruled that customers failed to show that their personal information was stolen in the data breach.

 
Information Source:
California Attorney General
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 24, 2012 Vermont State Employee's Credit Union (VSECU)
Montplier, Vermont
BSF PORT

Unknown

Two unencrypted backup tapes were discovered missing on September 10.  They were lost sometime between August 27, and September 10.  Names, Social Security numbers, financial account information, driver's license numbers, and transaction records were exposed.

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 26, 2012 Alabama Department of Human Resources, Vinson Guard Service Inc., Jefferson Davis High School
Montgomery, Alabama
BSO UNKN

Unknown

A notice from The United States Attorney's Office Middle District of Alabama can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/usao/alm/programs/vwa/victimnotification.html

An alert stating that the United States Attorney's Office is prosecuting cases related to the theft of personal identifying information and misuse of that personal identifying information was released.  The information was stolen between January 1, 2009 and March 25, 2011.  People from various organizations may have had their information misused to prepare fraudulent tax returns.

 
Information Source:
PHIPrivacy.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

October 25, 2012 L&D Chinese Buffet
Butte, Montana
BSR INSD

Unknown

Two dishonest employees misused customer credit card information to make more than $26,000 in fraudulent purchases.  The two men face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for each of six counts of deceptive practices. The men were arrested on July 29.  

 
Information Source:
Databreaches.net
records from this breach used in our total: 0

Breach Total
931,357,921 RECORDS BREACHED
(Please see explanation about this total.)
from 4,447 DATA BREACHES made public since 2005
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