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11 data breaches that stung US consumers

Countrywide Financial

Year: 2008

Affected: 17 million

Cost: Not disclosed

What happened: An employee of Countrywide Financial allegedly downloaded computer files and sold the information to employees of other mortgage lenders. Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008, agreed to provide free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and reimburse customers for losses.

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