Security Breakdowns 2014

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So have you heard enough about all of the crazy and hysterical security failures last year? Of course you haven't what you need is all the best ones put into a silly list and provided to you all at once right here. We've got the best executive e-mails, credit card mix-ups, nude photos, packed accounts, and more for you to read about here. Even if you don't learn anything and continue using 123456 as your e-mail password at least you might get a laugh or two. And the great part is almost all of the following could've been easily avoided. I bet the next time Sony pictures ceased terabytes of information leaving their servers to "somewhere" they pay a little closer attention, along with Apple protecting its users online data little more closely. You think Home Depot should pay more attention to target data breach? They do. Also if your fortune 500 company maybe you shouldn't use open source software to shield your user data from an outside source. Now on to the good stuff.

Sony Pictures

A grinning skull greeted Sony Pictures Entertainment staffers on their computer screen on November 24, 2014. Gigabytes of data from protected Sony sources started to pop up online. This information include things such as the Social Security numbers of executives and actors, internal corporate e-mails, financial information, four unreleased movies, and numerous unpublished scripts. All told 47,000 freelancers, current employees, and past employees were at risk of identity theft and Sony fed the competition internal information this way.

This is only the beginning however. Additional data was leaked for days after the breach was discovered as well as bomb threats delivered to five national cinema chains that eventually led to a major movie release being permanently canceled.

The United States government blames North Korea for the data theft, although security experts initially suspected that it was an inside job. As evidence becomes more clear it is pointing directly at North Korea, but regardless of who is responsible this is the most damaging corporate data breach of all time.


Have you ever heard of the open source technology called heartbleed? You probably have even though it's not a technology, it's a flaw in the open SSL code library. This library encrypts communication between browsers, and the many servers that they connect to. Although accidental the flaw was introduced by German coder way back in 2011 and went unnoticed for many years. This law would allow unwanted viewing of what was supposed to be secure socket layer information. The discovery of this flaw led to the discovery of additional flaws including shellshock, and poodle.

Home Depot

The Target data breach taught most of corporate America but the serious lot down on its customer’s data. Home Depot missed the memo and on September 2, 2014 they announced that 56 million credit and debit cards as well as 53 million customer e-mail addresses had been stolen through the use of infected payment system software. The malware affected software both in United States and Canada.

Internet security experts believe that the reason the Home Depot data breach did receive the same publicity is the Target data breach was due to public "breach fatigue". Think it's important that we discussed what that is. This means that there has been so many data breaches recently that people don't care about them anymore. It's like movie sequels that eventually run out of steam, except in this case it's criminals stealing money and identity. Maybe that should never get boring.