Jan 04 2016

Significant Data Breaches – December 2015

As 2015 came to an end, the number of significant data breaches did not slow down. IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in December 2015 are listed below.


Hyatt Hotels – Unknown Number of Records Exposed – Malicious Outsider


Hyatt Hotels recently discovered malware on it’s network designed to steal credit card information. There are few details about this breach however it makes our monthly breach list as it’s a major organization that joins other hotel chains in having major breaches this year.


Landry’s – Unknown Number of Records Exposed – Malicious Outsider


Landry’s Inc is a major restaurant chain with more than 500 properties such as McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s and Rainforest Cafe has suffered a credit card breach. It’s unclear the number of records that have been exposed however Landry’s issued a press release stating it is working “vigilantly to address any potential issues that may affect our customers.”


Voter Database – 191M records exposed – Unknown

A massive database with 191 million voter records has been put online. Nobody knows who put it there. It contains information such as names, addresses, birth dates, genders, party affiliation, emails and more. The FBI has been contacted but there isn’t much the voters can do at this point in time.


Livestream – 300,000 records exposed – Malicious Outsider


Livestream is a video live streaming platform that allows customers to broadcast live video content and has at least 300,000 active users. Livestream has notified customers that its account database may have been compromised. It has not been confirmed how many accounts were affected.


Steam – 125M records exposed – Malicious Outsider

Steam is a popular PC game distributor who was the victim of a massive data breach. Users were finding themselves logged in to other user accounts and were able to see their private account details. According to The Independent, their online store was down on Christmas Day. Steam serves 125M active users making this possibly one of the largest breaches of 2015. – 3.3M records exposed – Malicious Outsider


SanrioTown, an online community for Hello Kitty fans, suffered a data breach that leaked over 3M users names, birthdates, email addresses and more. The database of information was found online by Chris Vickery. This is the second major breach to a child focused product company in recent months. VTech was breached last month.  

Stay tuned for our blog post on the top breaches of 2015.


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