List of data breaches and cyber attacks in August

In the monthly round-up for August 2014, I mentioned that it was the longest list I had yet compiled. A year on and there’s been little improvement. This August’s list is a bit shorter, true, but the scale of the data leaks more than makes up for the slightly reduced number of breaches.

Here are this month’s data breaches, cyber attacks and victories against the criminal world.

Data breach

Thomson data breach: more than 450 holidaymakers’ details exposed

ICO issues £180k fines, proving not all security is in fact secure

Akron Children’s Hospital hard drive missing, contained patient information

University of Rhode Island announces breach involving email, Facebook accounts

Colorado’s OIT notifies 3,000 residents of data breach

Tremco staffer loses laptop, contained data on thousands of employees

Illinois Department of Corrections data breach hits more than 1,000 employees

SterlingBackcheck laptop stolen, contained data on about 100K individuals

IRS agent misplaces flash drive containing data on nearly 12,000 Katy ISD employees

Cyber attack leaks Planned Parenthood employee information

Cyber attack

Mumsnet founder ‘swatted’, site attacked – users urged to change passwords

Users of dating site Plenty of Fish targeted by cyber attack

Russia launches “sophisticated cyberattack” on Pentagon computers

UVA shuts down servers after cyber attack

GitHub Again Hit by a new DDoS attack

New York magazine confirms outage was result of cyber attack

Fighting back against cyber crime 

‘Spam King’ pleads guilty for 27m Facebook messages

Aviva ‘revenge’ phone hacker jailed for 18 months

Solihull teenager carried out cyber attack on Home Office and FBI web sites, court hears

Payment card information

Ashley Madison 9.7GB data dump posted online

Carphone Warehouse hack: 2.4 million customers affected cyber attack: 93,000 customers’ credit card data potentially affected

220,000 more taxpayers’ records hit by IRS Get Transcript breach

Totally Promotional attack compromises payment cards, other data

Breach affects payment cards used at hundreds of Fred’s Super Dollar stores in 14 states


Social engineering: Man poses as Asda employee, steals £40k

PayPal XSS flaw could have let hackers steal your unencrypted credit card details