Top 10 Data Breaches from 2011: #3 | Data story

Top 10 Data Breaches from 2011: #3

#3:  Sony


Sony stock performance:  Nov 2010-Nov 2011.

Summary:  Hacktivists broke into Sony worldwide, stealing about 100M data records (about 12M unencrypted).

Details:  Sony’s video game online network was breached which led to the theft of names, addresses and credit card data.

Why Significant? 

  • By volume, the largest data breach of the year.
  • Has kept a permanent drag on Sony’s stock.
  • SQL injection made it onto the agenda of board rooms worldwide.
  • This breach forever shifted the purpose of hacktivism from defacement to data theft.  The hacker’s intent wasn’t to embarrass a company, but rather to bring it down.
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