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  • Christine Mould
  • 20 January 2016
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Over 480 million leaked records in 2015

2015 saw the volume of data breaches and cyber-attacks increase vastly with breaches of highly sensitive data including targeted attacks on government agencies such as the US’s OPM and Germany’s Bundestag.

These breaches and attacks have resulted in money being stolen, personal data (including that of children) being taken and lives ruined.

This highlights the importance of data protection and that everyone who collects, uses and saves personal and sensitive data does so appropriately to protect individuals’ rights and to also uphold an organisation’s reputation. 

To help organisations understand the options for storing data, and what the legal implications are International Workplace has created a short interactive eLearning course designed for all employees who who work with data to introduce the key principles of the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the practical steps that can be taken to ensure compliance.  

For more information on this course click here or call us on +44 (0)871 777 8881.

Below shows month by month when the signifcant data breaches and cyber attacks happened in 2015.

January 2015

  • Australian Travel Cover data breach
  • Millions of Moonpig customers at risk for 17 months due to unpatched vulnerability
  • 19,000 French websites suffer cyber-attack in ‘unprecedented surge’
  • Wingstop announces payment card data security incident
  • Park ‘N Fly confirms data breach affecting customer’s payment cards
  • Thieves target American and United airlines, dozens of free trips booked
  • Minecraft data breach – usernames and passwords leaked online
  • Malware infects payment card system at French Lick Resort

 February 2015

  • Credit card information stolen in Big Fish Games site compromise
  • Banks link credit card fraud to Marriott hotels
  • Book2Park loses card data in data breach
  • Russian dating site Topface pays ransom to stop 20 million hacked records being made public

March 2015

  • Bulk Reef Supply website compromised, credit cards at risk
  • Hilton Honours Awards accounts exposed by security flaw
  • 11 million health care customer records exposed
  • Amazon’s Twitch game-streaming service hacked
  • Jamie Oliver’s website found spreading malware

April 2015

  • Belgium’s biggest French-speaking newspaper goes offline after cyber attack
  • Data compromised in Linux Australia server breach
  • Costa Coffee Club members data breach
  • Russian hackers accessed President Obama’s emails
  • Hyatt Gold Passport breached – user passwords reset
  • 160,000 students compromised in Metropolitan State University data breach

May 2015

  • Bundestag cyber-attack confirmed
  • Cyber criminals steal $3.8 million from Alaska Native corporation
  • Anonymous hackers steal terabyte of passwords from Italy’s Expo 2015
  • Jamie Oliver’s website found spreading malware
  • Adult FriendFinder website breached; compromising data leaked online
  • Hard Rock Hotel loses customer card data over seven months

 June 2015

  • Microsoft’s anti-surveillance site hacked
  • US Army website hacked
  • Australian Internet provider Westnet breached – over 30,000 customers affected
  • Second data breach at OPM confirmed
  • Millions of US government workers hit by data breach
  • Polish airline forced to ground planes after “IT attack”

 July 2015

  • Nursery webcam accessed by stranger to speak to parent and child
  • Digital media streaming service Plex hacked, forum held for ransom
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service website taken offline
  • Donald Trump hotel chain hit with credit card data breach

August 2015

  • Ashley Madison 9.7GB data dump posted online
  • Carphone Warehouse hack: 2.4 million customers affected
  • Mumsnet founder ‘prevented’, site attack by urging users to change passwords
  • Users of dating site Plenty of Fish targeted by cyber attack
  • Russia launches “sophisticated cyberattack” on Pentagon computers
  • UVA shuts down servers after cyber attack

 September 2015

  • London’s 56 Dean Street clinic leaks HIV status of 780 patients
  • 800,000 fans of the Kardashians left exposed after privacy blunder
  • Malware sneaks into the iOS App Store
  • Card Breach at Hilton Hotel Properties
  • Thousands of Lloyds Premier Bank customers have had their data “stolen” in security breach

October 2015

  • EyeBuyDirect announces website breach, payment cards affected

November 2015

  • Norwich International Airport website hacked
  • Extortionists target CCN; 5 bitcoins bounty
  • S. Government Officials Targeted by Iranian Hackers
  • VTech hacked: nearly 5 million parents’ and 200,000 children’s details exposed
  • Breach at Securus Technologies exposes 70 million prison phone calls
  • Hilton Hotels admits hackers planted malware and stole customer card details

December 2015

  • JD Wetherspoon data breach 300% bigger than TalkTalk incident
  • 13 Million MacKeeper Users Exposed
  • Database of 191 Million U.S. Voter Records Left Exposed Online