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).

Capital One Breach

Capital One has announced that nearly 106 million customer accounts and credit card applications have been compromised.

Equifax settlement: Beware of fake settlement offers!

UPDATE: Due to the small size of Equifax’s settlement fund, victims may receive less than the promised $125 cash settlement. NCL is now recommending that consumers take advantage of the free credit monitoring option.

Quora Breach

Quora, the crowdsourced question and answer website has announced that 100 million user accounts have been compromised. 

Marriott Starwood breach

Marriott and Starwood properties have announced that the personal data of up to 500 million of their customers has been compromised.

Facebook breach

Facebook has announced that 50 million accounts may have been breached. While Facebook does not currently know whether any personal data had been accessed by hackers, or if the breach allowed hackers to take over accounts, Facebook does acknowledge that it is possible and that it is looking into it.

T-Mobile breach

T-Mobile has announced that hackers have stolen the personal data of around 2 million of its customers. While passwords, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers were not stolen, personal information including usernames, billing zip codes, phone numbers, email addresses, account numbers, and whether customers prepaid or postpaid their...

Panera breach

Panera Bread has acknowledged that their online ordering system was the subject of a data leak. Customer information including names, email addresses, home addresses, birth dates and the final four payment card digits was compromised. The breach was first discovered in August 2017 and was fixed in April 2018....

Saks Fifth Avenue / Lord and Taylor breach

On April 1, 2018, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue announced that their luxury clothing stores were the subject of a data breach. The data breach is believed to have compromised 5 million customers’ payment card information. Shoppers who used a credit or debit card at...

MyFitnessPal breach

The fitness and diet tracking app, MyFitnessPal, recently announced that it was the subject of a 150 million account data breach.

Orbitz breach

The travel booking website Orbitz announced that 880,000 payment cards were hacked in a breach that spanned almost two years.