Are you safe from a cyber attack? Probably not. You can turn on two-factor authentication, get a password manager, and surf the web via VPN, but if the companies with which you do business are breached, your personal information can quickly wind up on the dark web.
Last year, credit reporting firm Equifax revealed that a breach that went on from mid-May to the end of July 2017 potentially impacted 143 million US consumers. In March, it said another 2.4 million people were possibly affected. The scary thing with that case? There was no way to avoid Equifax obtaining your data.
More recently, Facebook is in the spotlight for a leak that possibly affected up to 87 million people. The social network disputes that the unauthorized sale of data to Cambridge Analytica was a “data breach” in the traditional sense, but your private data ended up in the hands of a shady analytics firm, so you be the judge.
It wasn’t the first security nightmare, and won’t be the last. Over the last few decades, we’ve seen some of the most secure servers in the world breached by black hats. Below, we spotlight the intrusions and leaks that caused serious damage, whether it be financial or informational.