List of February Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks

Whilst the short month of February comes to an end, a significant amount of organisations are coming to terms with the data breaches and or cyber attacks they have suffered.

Similar to January, there have been high profile online attacks such as those of Kickstarter, Forbes.com and Tesco. Most of those have resulted in customer information being stolen. But it’s important to remember that not all attacks are carried out online. Data breaches can be caused by offline activities too, such as laptop theft; which is how two of the below attacks occurred.

The following list reveals the names of some of the companies that have suffered online and offline breaches in February:

Online Attacks

Forbes.com Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army Because of “Hate for Syria”

Hackers disabled e-mail systems and take over Las Vegas Sands Hotels and Casinos Website

Tesco customers’ usernames and passwords exposed by hackers

Kickstarter hacked: Passwords, phone numbers, and phone numbers stolen

Ethical hacking organization hacked, website defaced with Edward Snowden’s passport

Syrian hackers hijack FC Barcelona’s Twitter account

Twitter Commerce Plans Leak: When Will Businesses Learn About Secure Data Sharing?

Mt. Gox exchange goes dark as allegations of $350 million hack swirl

University of Maryland breach impacts more than 300,000

Hackers breach Texas college server, thousands compromised

Texas health system attacked, data on more than 400K compromised

YouTube ads spread banking malware

Offline Attacks

Roughly 1,100 Indianapolis patients impacted following laptop theft

Missing thumb drive puts 3,500 Texas cancer centre patients at risk

Laptop stolen from California charity employee, thousands impacted

Nielsen staffer accidentally sends mass email containing employee data

BoI customers hit as skimmers hack into their current accounts

So with these attacks in mind, what are you doing about information security? To determine whether or not you are doing your best, I invite you to download IT Governance’s free green paper – Cyber Resilience: Cyber Security and Business Resilience .