American Online (AOL)



Location

New York, NY
United States
40° 42' 51.3684" N, 74° 0' 21.5028" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
August 6, 2006
geo: 
New York, NY
United States
Extra Info: 

Other locations: nationwide

Records Breached: 

650,000 (Unknown number of high-risk personal records)

In late July AOL posted on a public web site data on 20 million web queries from 650,000 users. Some search records exposed SSNs, credit card numbers, or other pieces of sensitive information.

UPDATE (9/26/06): Three individuals whose data were exposed have filed a lawsuit against AOL.

UPDATE (9/27/06): Six men were charged with creating and executing the phishing scheme.  The men collected AOL email addresses and infected the computers of users with a program that asked for their credit card and bank account numbers during the AOL login process. AOL users were also spammed with phony email messages that asked for payment on AOL charges. 

Source: 
Dataloss DB
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