Data breaches are something that a myriad of businesses need to worry about each and every day in order to keep the livelihood of their business afloat. There are some times, no matter how many precautions you take, that data breaches occur. Among the thousands of data breaches that happen each year, some of the biggest noted here. One of the biggest data heists in history happened to CardSystem Solutions in June 2005. CardSystem Solutions is one of the top payment processors for Visa, Master Card and American Express. At the time of this data heist, over 40 million credit accounts were compromised. How exactly did they do this – through a SQL Trojan attack. Another notable attach occurred at the Department of Veteran Affairs. This 2006 attack compromised the information of 26.5 million veterans, including social security numbers and dates of birth. This hack was made possible because a laptop and hardrive containing the database were stolen from a VA analyst’s home in Maryland. Perhaps a more memorable hack was of AOL in August of 2006. Over 650,000 user inquiries were posted publicly, but in this case it was AOL who mistakenly did it. This goes down as one of the “101 Dumbest Moments in Business” according to Business 2.0. Whether in the merchant services business, or in online payment processing, keeping the data of your customers is imperative. Read about the most talked about hacks in the infographic below.

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