11 data breaches that stung US consumers
The recent data breaches at health insurance giant Anthem and infidelity website Ashley Madison are, unfortunately, more commonplace than you may think.
"When you have a national brand, then it becomes major news," says Yaron Samid, founder and chief executive of Billguard, a company that monitors your credit and debit cards for unwanted charges. "A lot of smaller merchants get breached all the time."
A 2015 study by the Ponemon Institute and Symantec Corp. found that 47% of data breaches are caused by malicious or criminal attacks.
Here are 11 high-profile U.S. data breaches from the past several years.