Nov 04 2015

Significant Data Breaches – October 2015

IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in October 2015 are listed below.



Emergence Health Network – 11,000 records exposed – malicious outsider



Emergence Health Network, a nonprofit health service in El Paso, released a statement this month saying that one of its computer servers was compromised “Through an unauthorized Internet connection” as far back as 2012.

The breach exposed the information of about 11,200 patients. Although the organization is confident that no medical records were contained within the server, it did hold patients’ personal information and social security numbers. A third-party analysis confirmed that the organization was likely not the target of the hackers, but used as a gateway to another, unidentified, target.

Talk Talk – 1.5 million records exposed – malicious outsider



UK-based communications company Talk Talk released a statement on October 21st saying it’s website had been subjected to “A significant and sustained cyber attack.”

Although initial numbers suggested over 4 million customers had been affected, that number has since been scaled back to about 1.5 million. Details exposed include personal banking information, credit & debit card details and personal information. This is the third cyber attack to affect Talk Talk in the past 3 months.

Experian – 15 million records exposed – malicious outsider



Experian, one of the largest credit agency data brokers in the world, announced this month that it had been breached. The hack affects T-Mobile customers who used their credit-check service, specifically “Those who applied for T-Mobile USA postpaid services or device financing from September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.”

Information at risk includes personal information, and social security, driver’s licence, and passport numbers. Although the licence and passport numbers were encrypted, it is thought that the encryption may have been compromised.

Scottrade – 4.6 million records exposed – malicious outsider



Scottrade Inc. this month disclosed a breach involving contact information and social security numbers of 4.6 million customers. Despite the sensitive information at risk, the company says the attackers appeared to target client names and street addresses only.

The company learned about the breach after being contacted by the FBI, who believe the breach happened as far back as 2013/2014.

000webhost – 13 million records exposed – malicious outsider



000webhost, a Lithuanian web-hosting company, announced this month that the usernames and passwords of millions of users had been exposed in a security breach. The passwords had been stored on the company’s server in plain text.

It was Forbes who first suspected a breach and reached out to the company, who initially ignored them. In response to the incident, the company has changed all passwords and increased their encryption.

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