10 of the biggest data breaches over the last decade

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The largest data breaches are always a wake-up call for consumers. They bring data security to the forefront. And in the past decade, there were a number of massive data breaches that exposed the private information of hundreds of millions of people — putting consumers on high alert over the potential for fraud as a result.

It’s bringing the conversation about our data, the value of our data and of course the risks when that data is compromised — or even abused,” says Eva Velazquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a non-profit organization.

Malicious cyber activity can seriously hurt the economy too. It’s estimated that cybersecurity threats cost the U.S. economy $57 billion to $109 billion in 2016, according to a February 2018 Council of Economic Advisers report. 

Here’s a look at 10 of the biggest data breaches that took place during the 2010s, and why it’s more important than ever to safeguard your personal and financial data.

Written by
Matthew Goldberg
Consumer banking reporter
Matthew Goldberg is a consumer banking reporter at Bankrate. Matthew has been in financial services for more than a decade, in banking and insurance.
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