Which Companies Were Hacked In 2015?

Was your data hacked in 2015?

According to a 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status report published by Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), 86 percent of the 3,426 professionals that responded to the survey believe there is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals.

In 2014 alone, more than one billion personal records were illegally accessed – including health, financial, e-mail, address, and social security numbers.

In 2015, the vast majority of Americans were affected by at least one data breach this year according to ZDNet.  Some of the biggest breaches didn’t receive the most publicity.  Do you do business with any of these companies?

VTech is the world’s leading supplier of electronic learning toys, like Innotab and Kidizoom.   Hackers took 12 million records in late November, including first names, genders, and birthdays of more than 6.4 million children.

A popular Vtech toy. Millions of children's data was hacked. Photo credit: phys.org

A popular Vtech toy. Photo credit: phys.org

Hundreds of thousands of users have clearance to an FBI law enforcement portal, and many of those names were hacked in a widespread attack.

Donald Trump is in the news for many other items at the moment, but seven of Donald Trump’s hotels were hit in a hack that affected potentially thousands of security codes and credit card numbers.

Trump hotels confirm data was hacked.  Photo credit: Crain's Chicago Business

Trump hotels confirm data hack. Photo credit: Crain’s Chicago Business

Patreon is a crowdfunding site that found all its data published online in early October, which included millions of accounts at risk.

A breach of credit agency Experian affected up to 15 million T-Mobile customers who underwent credit checks, putting names, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, and passport numbers at risk.

Hackers stole millions of customer details from a number of financial institutions, including Scottrade.

Cheaters were hacked in the monsterous Ashley Madison incident, which affected around 37 million people.  The blackmail letters are going out just in time for the holidays.

CVS had to pull its online photo print ordering site offline while it looked into a suspected hack, that affected millions, that also had implications on Walgreens, Costco, and Rite Aid.

What’s widely considered the biggest national security breach was June’s OPM (Office of Personnel Management) hack, that put more than 22 million government workers at risk for blackmail.  What’s worse, they still can’t pass a security audit six months later.

An IRS hack exposed 100,000 taxpayers, with access to sensitive financial information and Social Security data.

The Anthem Insurance breach, which took place at the beginning of 2016, affected more than 80 million customers and even 19 million rejected customers.  Amazingly, this breach affected nearly one-third of all Americans.

When Anthem Insurance was hacked, it exposed nearly one-third of all Americans. Photo credit: News Brain

The Anthem hack exposed nearly one-third of all Americans. Photo credit: News Brain

According to CIO.com, there are over 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States, a figure estimated to reach up to 1.5 million by 2020.  “The demand for the (cybersecurity) workforce is expected to rise to 6 million (globally) by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million,” stated Michael Brown, CEO at Symantec, the world’s largest security software vendor.  U.S. News and World Report states that a career in Information Security analysis will grow at a 36.5 percent rate through 2022.

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