List of data breaches and cyber attacks in August 2016

This time last year, cyber criminals responsible for the Ashley Madison data breach uploaded 9.7GB of data that would later cause relationship issues, divorces and even suicides.

Thankfully, no such breach has occurred this August – however, there’s been no slowdown in the number of breaches and cyber attacks.

Last August, I listed 28 breaches and cyber attacks – this August is 49 and I still have more to add.

Data breach

SCAN Health Plan notifying members of unauthorized access to their information

Dominican Hospital notifies patients whose PHI was sent to wrong health plan

Epic’s forums hacked again, with thousands of logins stolen

Personal information of Pulse victims, survivors breached, Orlando Health says

Beauty site lets anyone read customers’ personal information

Patient data stolen from Quaid-i-Azam Hospital

The Outer Banks Hospital alerts former Eastern Carolina Cardiovascular patients of lost identity and medical info

Omegle, the Popular ‘Chat with Strangers’ Service Leaks Your Dirty Chats and Personal Info

Data for 6 Million Minecraft Gamers Stolen from Servers 

Data security breach at local neurosurgical center

SocialBlade hacked – LeakedSource

Hampshire County Council fined £100,000 after confidential social services papers found

Virgin Mobile voicemail madness: privacy breach as customers’ gain access to strangers’ messages

Hacker Publishes List Of Cell Phone Numbers, Private E-Mails For Most House Democrats

Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants Notifying 882,590 Patients PLUS all Employees and Providers of Security Incident

655K Bon Secours patients’ info exposed, free ID protection offered

Personal data of 3,700 Ede residents leaked through municipal site

Laptop stolen from EXOS contained protected health information

Dota2 forums hacked

Professional Dermatology Care, P.C notifies 13,237 patients after ransomware attack

Data Breach At Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Division

Glassdoor ‘Carelessly’ Exposed 600K Users’ Emails, Suit Says

New Haven Probes Possible Data Breach

Carle health system warns of data breach due to vendor error

Apple, Intel, Google Employee Accounts Exposed in Data Breach of Developer Forum

Massive Cyber Attack at Banner Health Affects 3.7M Individuals

Iranian ISP ‘Daba’ Hacked by Israeli Hacker; Login Data Leaked

Uncommon Care, PA notifies almost 14,000 patients of Bizmatics breach

American Family Care notifies 7,200 patients of breach involving PHI

FTSE 100 company Sage announces data breach, shares drop 3.9%

Cyber attack

Turkish Hackers Launch Second Cyber-Attack on Killeen’s Website

Defense university computers hacked, ‘information secure’

Olympics: Hackers attack Russian whistleblower’s doping account

Australian census website collapses due to ‘malicious foreign hackers’

Hack attempt on Garda computers forced shutdown of systems

Marin electronic medical record system hacked, ransom paid

Ransomware attack on Delhi-based diagnostic centre

Pokemon GO DDoS Attacks Postponed as PoodleCorp Botnet Suffers Security Breach

Pokémon Go CEO Twitter account hacked – password was “nopass”

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales didn’t die this weekend, despite what his hacked Twitter account said

City of Sarasota hit with ransomware

Financial information

Miner Norton Gold Fields blames human error for leak of employees’ personal and financial details

Personal information for hundreds of people found along CLE roadside

1,800 possibly affected by Anderson County government computer breach

Bitfinex Suspends Operations after Security Breach

Banks on the defense following Vietnam Airlines data breach

POS malware hits Eddie Bauer clothing stores

HEI Hotels & Resorts suffers POS terminal breach


California dentist notifies patients of backup drive stolen from car

Managing Information Security Breaches

Each month, I’m contacted by organisations that are finally understanding that threats to their and their customers’ data are real – and are seeking advice on what they can do to avoid finding themselves on my monthly list.

I often reference Michael Krausz’s publication Managing Information Security Breaches – Studies from real life, Second edition as an ideal start to understanding information security breaches, and how they can be avoided and treated.


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  1. Ingenio 25th August 2016