The world’s biggest data breaches of the last decade (interactive graphic)


Apple has promised a security overhaul following the hacking of its developer website, or, what Apple is calling a “friendly” intrusion. But Apple is neither the first nor the last company to be the victim of a major data breach, and a new interactive graphic from Information is Beautiful shows a decade’s worth of hacker damage to some of the world’s biggest companies.

Beginning with an AOL engineer’s scandalous theft of 92 million usernames — which he then turned around and sold to spammers — the timeline shows that hundreds of millions of users’ accounts were compromised over the years. From PlayStation to TJ Maxx and even the U.S. military, each breach is presented in a bubble that is sized in proportion to the amount of data leaked. You can also make it such that the size of the bubbles is proportional not to the number of people affected but…

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