Learn more about the latest data breaches

The list of companies involved in data breaches is seemingly endless and continuing to grow. And that’s just the data breaches that make national news; many never come to light. Universities, health insurance companies, retailers ranging from mega to small--any institution that collects data about its customers is vulnerable to attack, and hackers seem to be enjoying a new era of data breaches.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse lists breaches as they are exposed here, with a ticker counting the number of records exposed (quickly approaching 1 billion as of early 2016).

FriendFinder Networks breach

The adult entertainment and online dating conglomerate FriendFinder Networks recently announced that the personal information of its users has been compromised, including users’ email addresses, passcodes, log-in times, IP addresses and membership statuses. Cyber experts estimate that more than 412 million user accounts have been breached.

Yahoo breach

Yahoo has announced that at least 500 million of their user accounts have been compromised in a breach that occurred in late 2014, making it the largest password breach in history. The breach is believed to have compromised the names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers....

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants breach

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has announced that the point-of-sale systems at 62 of their boutique hotels and/or restaurants have been compromised by malware between February 16, 2016 and July 7, 2016.

Cici's Breach

The fast food pizza buffet chain, Cici's, has announced that their point-of-sales systems have been compromised. The breach, which affected 140 of their 450 restaurants from June 2015 through July 2016, is believed to have compromised more than 600,000 payment cards.

Omni Hotels & Resorts breach

Omni Hotels & Resorts has announced that 80 percent of their North American hotels had their point-of-sale systems compromised by malware between December 23, 2015 and June 14, 2016. It is believed that payment card information for more than 50,000 Omni customers may have been compromised due to this breach.

Wendy's breach

Wendy's, the Ohio-based fast-food chain, announced a point-of-sale terminal breach in late January 2016. In July 2016, the company announced that the breach was significantly larger than previously disclosed.

Noodles & Company breach

The restaurant chain Noodles & Company has announced that the payment information of an undisclosed number of customers has been compromised. Customers who used their credit or debit card at one of the affected stores in 27 states and the District of Columbia are being advised to take precautions against fraud....

Myspace breach

The social media website Myspace has announced that it was the victim of possibly the largest password breach in history. Approximately 360 million email addresses and 427 million passwords of Myspace users recently appeared on the dark web for sale. The breach is believed to have compromised the login credentials of all accounts...

LinkedIn breach

  LinkedIn, the professional social networking site, has announced that the 2012 breach that compromised 6.5 million login credentials is now much more extensive than they originally believed. The breached information is now known to include information on 167 million LinkedIn accounts, 117 million of which contain both the emails and the passwords of users. It is...

Lifeboat Network breach

Lifeboat Network, a division of Minnesota-based Hydreon Corporation, has announced that it experienced a data breach that compromised email addresses, usernames, and weakly-hashed passwords on 7 million users. Lifeboat is the operator of a network of servers for the popular Minecraft PE mobile game.