Hackers have accessed over 7.9 billion consumer records so far this year, with experts predicting that over 8.5 billion accounts will be exposed by the end of the year.
The majority of the over 5,000 data hacks this year Risk Based Security has tracked so far consisted of only a few million accounts. Yet there were a few mega hacks that involved hundreds of millions.
The Identity Theft Resource Center provided CNBC Make It with a ranking of the biggest data breaches announced in 2019, based on the number of accounts compromised. ITRC ranked only breaches that it could confirm the number of records affected. Several companies, such as 7-Eleven, WhatsApp and Fortnite, reported security flaws that could have exposed millions of customers’ data, but the extent of the accessed data was not reported. Here’s a look at the biggest data breaches of 2019… CNBC News