The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a ‘cascade’ or ‘torrent’, or perhaps ‘maelstrom’.
There have been breaches of highly sensitive data (including that of children), targeted attacks on government agencies such as the US’s OPM and Germany’s Bundestag, and an alarming number of well-orchestrated DDoS attacks.
Money has been stolen, data has been swiped and lives have been ruined.
However, I must not fail to mention the fantastic work law enforcement agencies around the world have been putting in to bring justice down on the cyber criminals causing havoc this year. As Stuart Winter-Tear recently called it, 2015 has been the year of collaboration, and we can only hope to see the same in 2016.
By my calculations, which is counting up all of the available numbers on the stories that I’ve reported each month, I’m at 487,731,758 leaked records in 2015. It’s very likely that the final number is significantly higher, but we know that there’s been at least 487,731,758.
Below, I’ve listed the most significant events of each month; to view the full list for each month, please click that month’s heading. I will continue to update this list until the end of January 2016, so be sure to come back.
Note: The total number alongside each month is not the definitive number, please take it as the minimum number of records leaked in each month – not the total.
Article courtesy of Lewis Morgan – http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog
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