Has Your Account Been Breached? How Would You Know??

It’s more common than you’d think!

Today, millions of websites are vulnerable to attacks including top brands like LinkedIn, Adobe, Target and more. However, when companies refuse to release or even admit their mistakes, it can leave the rest of us out in the open with our usernames and passwords.

Luckily, there’s a site that helps us know a little more about these attacks. The website Have I been pwned is a great source to use if you are wondering, like we all are, if your information has ever been in danger.

Now that you know where to go to check your account information, lets go through some of the biggest company data breaches of all time!

  1. Yahoo  –   Yahoo could actually hold the top 2 biggest spots, but let’s count it as one. Yahoo announced that data associated with at least 500 million accounts had been stolen. Three months later, it then disclosed ANOTHER breach – more than 1 billion accounts.
  2. Myspace  –  A Russian hacker, who goes by the name Peace, has wreaked quite the havoc on both Myspace and LinkedIn. Myspace confirmed a breach of user names and passwords for about 360 million accounts.
  3. Target  –  Roughly 40 million shoppers had their credit and debit card information stolen due to a data breach at Target that took place in the three weeks after Thanksgiving that in 2013. Target later agreed to pay $10 million to customers who suffered from the breach and tens of millions more to U.S. banks who lost money.

Curious about more breaches? Why not check out this amazing chart with all different types of data breaches here.


David Innes, RealBasics.com

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981. And no, I still haven't seen it all but by now I usually know where to look. More about David Innes...