List of data breaches and cyber attacks in February 2016

Yes, it really is almost the end of February already. It’s been a rather quiet month in terms of cyber attacks and data breaches. There have been very few cyber attacks at well-known organisations, and no large-scale thefts of payment card information.

The question is, is this the start of a year with very few hacks – or the calm before the storm? 

Don’t forget that this list will be updated throughout the rest of February as more attacks and breaches happen.

Cyber attacks

Linux Mint hacked – lone attacker creates botnet

Lincolnshire Council forced to use pen and paper after ransomware attack

Major Hollywood hospital brought down by a ransomware attack demanding $3.6 million

Florists hit by targeted DDoS attacks in run-up to Valentine’s Day

Skype users hit by ads spreading malicious Angler exploit kit

Readers of celebrity gossip site TMZ hit by malvertising campaign

Former Smart Online IT manager sentenced to 30 months for sending damaging code to the firm’s servers

NZ health board hit with ransomware

Kashmir institute under attack said no to security, total data loss feared

DayZ And ArmA 3 Feedback Trackers Offline Due To Potential Security Breach

Flint water crisis hack by Anonymous created hassles for hospital patients

Data breaches

Spoofed CEO email causes data breach at health care provider

Sensitive data swiped in Gyft data breach

St. Joseph Hospital employee information leaked in phishing scam

Unauthorized access leads to Neiman Marcus Group breach, 5,200 affected

Vilas County jail inmates had personal info disclosed online

Greenwich University hit by data breach

TaxSlayer suffers data breach affecting tax records of 8,800 customers

Researcher tells child tracking firm it has left its database wide open, and is accused of ‘hacking’

9000+ Department of Homeland Security staff have their details leaked by hacker

Site creates unauthorized searchable database of info of Jacksonville State University students, faculty

Stolen Shire laptop contained patients’ personal and medical info

Quotemehappy? No, I’m furious: Insurance site loses customer details

@ChileanCrew Hacks, Leaks Details for 300,000 Chilean Citizens Looking for State Benefits

Fighting cyber crime

Oregon man pleads guilty to “phishing” celebrity nude photos

Website selling stolen credit card numbers is shut down

British teenager arrested for ‘trying to hack into FBI computer networks’


@god and @emoji hijacked in Twitter bug

AirDroid patches vulnerability that exposed millions of users to phone data hijacking

Bank details of 100,000 Britons for sale on