Infographic: The Biggest Data Breaches in the History of Cybersecurity

Future Tense
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Aug. 2 2013 4:32 PM

Infographic: The Biggest Data Breaches in the History of Cybersecurity

Government surveillance may be getting most of the attention this summer, but your digital privacy is also at risk when companies' databases are invaded by hackers (or by whoops-a-daisy release of user data—I'm looking at you, Facebook).

The infographic below, created by David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful, shows the biggest breaches in cybersecurity since 2004, with the size of the bubble indicating the extent of the leak. The graphic also indicates the method of leakage; the number of incidents connected with lost or stolen computers may surprise you.

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Click on the image to expand, and then maybe look into some better personal security practices.

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Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies.