Even though companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to thwart potential cyber-attacks, hackers continue to be one step ahead of the game in breaching secure servers, elaborate firewalls and all the protective countermeasures being implemented to stop them.
In late November of 2014, news headlines were abuzz when hackers breached Sony’s servers and leaked a wide range of data. This included internal documents on Sony employees and actors, as well as copies of unreleased Sony movies such as Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love on Her Arms. This led to many theaters refusing to screen Sony’s film, The Interview.
But as Cammy Harbison points out in iDigitalTimes, the Sony Hack was not even one of the ten largest hacks of 2014. Though large, it actually only ranks as the 33rd largest of the year in terms of number of records breached. EBay actually suffered the largest data breach of 2014 (and the second largest since 2005) with more than 150 million records compromised.
Take a look at the table below which shows the top 50 largest security breaches of 2014. These include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and even colleges.