Security Alert The biggest hacks and data breaches of 2018 (so far)


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Feb 4, 2016
We chart the biggest data breaches, hacks, and fines throughout the year

We're now more than halfway through 2018 and the number of data breaches is ramping up. This year has seen more third-party services being breached and customer data stolen from multiple companies in one go. We're charting the biggest data breaches and privacy flaws, and the fines resulting from them throughout the year.

We'll only be looking at the bigger ones, and some may not have happened this year – its common for cybersecurity incidents not to be detected for months, or even years – but if you want to track the big hacks, look no further. As the year goes on, we'll be updating this page with new issues you should be aware of.

Data breach: Timehop

When?: July
How many people: 21 million
What happened?: Timehop connects to social networks and surfaces nostalgic posts from the past. On Facebook it shows users their previously popular posts in a bid to help people rekindle previous memories. However, the company detected an ongoing cyberattack in July and found names, email addresses and "keys" allowing access to previous posts had been taken. It delayed the tokens for accessing historic posts, it said.