261k people in North America hit by four data breaches (infographic)

2 Oct 2015

261,000 people were compromised by data breaches against large organisations

Four major data breaches in the US in the month of September affected 261,000 people and cost organisations US$40.2m.

According to an infographic by Ikanow, over 225,000 records were exposed when malware was discovered in iPhones that had been jailbroken. Login credentials were compromised in the attack.

20,000 records were exposed when Mexican banking and financial services company Grupo Financiero Banorte was breached. Mexico’s National Transparency, Information Access, and Data Protection Institute (INAI) recently announced an impending fine of almost US$2 million to be levied against Grupo Financiero Banorte. The bank failed to notify as many as 20,000 clients of a hack that could have impacted their information.

An unknown number of people were compromised when a large number of point-of-sale registers at Hilton Hotels were attacked, including Hilton locations as well as Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. The company has warned of the possibility of fraudulent credit card activity as a result.

Some 16,000 records were exposed when Oakland Family Services, a non-profit health organisation, was attacked by a hacker who broke into an employee’s email account. In just 23 minutes 16,000 records were compromised and birth dates, social security numbers, insurance information and more is at risk.

Major data breaches in North America in September 2015


America hacked image via Shutter stock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years