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(2003-2010) Data Breaches List

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The Year 2010 – Data Breaches

December: India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) website (cbi.nic.in) was hacked and data was erased. India blames Pakistani hackers. Sensitive CBI data, stored on a computer not easily accessible from the Internet, was unaffected.

May: Chinese hackers breached the computer network of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and stole information related to U.S. industries

The Year 2009 – Data Breaches

May: The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) was hacked by unknown intruders. The hackers gained access to the data by getting into the HSIN account of a federal employee or contractor.

The bulk of the data obtained was federal, but some state information was also accessed.

April: Wall Street Journal articles laid out the increasing vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to cyberattacks and also highlighted the intrusions into F-35 databases by unknown foreign intruders.

February: French naval aircraft planes were grounded after military databases were infected with the “confickr” virus. Naval officials suspected someone in the Navy had used an infected USB key.

The Year 2008 – Data Breaches

November: Hackers breached networks at Royal Bank of Scotland’s WorldPay, allowing them to clone 100 ATM cards and withdraw over $9 million dollars from machines in 49 cities.

Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer networks of three major oil companies and stole trade secret information.

October: Police discovered a highly sophisticated supply chain attack where credit card readers made in China and used in UK supermarkets had a wireless device inserted in them.

The device copies a credit card when it is inserted, stores the data, and transfers the data it has collected once a day via a WiFi connection to Lahore, Pakistan.

The estimated loss is $50 million or more. The device could be instructed to collect only certain kinds of cards (such as gold cards), or to go dormant to evade detection.

July: Marathon Oil, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips were hacked and lost data detailing the quantity, value, and location of oil discoveries around the world. One company put losses in the millions.

The databases of both Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns were hacked and downloaded by unknown foreign intruders.

The Year 2007 – Data Breaches

October: More than a thousand staffers at Oak Ridge National Labs received an email with an attachment that, when opened, provides unknown outsiders with access to the Lab’s databases.

December: Chinese hackers breached the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter project and stole data related to the F-35 fighter jet.

The Year 2006 – Data Breaches

August: A senior Air Force Officer stated publicly that, “China has downloaded 10 to 20 terabytes of data from the NIPRNet (the unclassified military network).”

The Year 2003 – Data Breaches

Chinese hackers exfiltrated national security information from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, including nuclear weapons test and design data, and stealth aircraft data.