List of cyberattacks

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A cyberattack is any type of offensive maneuver employed by individuals or whole organizations that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks, and/or personal computer devices by various means of malicious acts usually originating from an anonymous source that either steals, alters, or destroys a specified target by hacking into a susceptible system.

This article contains a list of cyberattacks.

Indiscriminate attacks[edit]

These attacks are wide-ranging, global and do not seem to discriminate among governments and companies.

Destructive attacks[edit]

These attacks relate to inflicting damage on specific organizations.


These are politically motivated destructive attacks aimed at sabotage and espionage.

Government espionage[edit]

These attacks relate to stealing information from/about government organizations.

Corporate espionage[edit]

These attacks relate to stealing data from corporations related to proprietary methods or emerging products/services.

Stolen e-mail addresses and login credentials[edit]

These attacks relate to stealing login information for specific web resources.

  • 2011 PlayStation Network outage, 2011 attack resulting in stolen credentials and incidentally causing network disruption
  • Vestige – in 2010, a band of anonymous hackers has rooted the servers of the site and leaked half a gigabyte's worth of its private data.[14]
  • IEEE – in September 2012, it exposed user names, plaintext passwords, and website activity for almost 100,000 of its members.[15]
  • LivingSocial – in 2014, the company suffered a security breach that has exposed names, e-mail addresses and password data for up to 50 million of its users.[16]
  • Adobe – in 2013, Hackers obtained access to Adobe's networks and stole user information and downloaded the source code for some of Adobe programs.[17] It attacked 150 million customers.[17]
  • RockYou – in 2009, the company experienced a data breach resulting in the exposure of over 32 million user accounts.
  • Yahoo! – in 2012, hackers posted login credentials for more than 453,000 user accounts.[18] Again in January 2013[19] and in January 2014[20]

Stolen credit card and financial data[edit]

  • 2017 Equifax data breach- In 2017, Equifax Inc. announced that a cyber-security breach occurred between May to mid July of that year. Cyber criminals had accessed approximately 145.5 million U.S. Equifax consumers' personal data, including their full names, Social Security numbers, credit card information, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers.[21]
  • 2016 Indian Banks data breach - It was estimated 3.2 million debit cards were compromised. Major Indian banks- SBI, HDFC Bank, ICICI, YES Bank and Axis Bank were among the worst hit.[22]
  • 2014 JPMorgan Chase data breach, allegedly conducted by a group of Russian hackers
  • Goodwill Industries – in September 2014, the company suffered from a credit card data breach that affected the charitable retailer's stores in at least 21 states. Another two retailers were affected.[23][24]
  • Home Depot – in September 2014, the cybercriminals that compromised Home Depot's network and installed malware on the home-supply company's point-of-sale systems likely stole information on 56 million payment cards.[25]
  • StarDust – in 2013, the botnet compromised 20,000 cards in active campaign hitting US merchants.[26]
  • Target – in 2013, approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts were impacted in a credit card breach.[27][28][29] According to another estimate, it compromised as many as 110 million Target customers.[30]
  • VISA and MasterCard – in 2012, they warned card-issuing banks that a third-party payments processor suffered a security breach, affecting up to 10 million credit cards.[31][32]
  • Subway – in 2012, two Romanian men admitted to participating in an international conspiracy that hacked into credit-card payment terminals at more than 150 Subway restaurant franchises and stole data for more than 146,000 accounts.[33]
  • MasterCard – in 2005, the company announced that up to 40 million cardholders may have had account information stolen due to one of its payment processors being hacked.[34][35][36][37]

Stolen medical-related data[edit]

  • By May, three healthcare payer organizations had been attacked in the United States in 2014 and 2015: Anthem, Premera Blue Cross and CareFirst. The three attacks together netted information on more than 91 million people.[38]


See also[edit]


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  28. ^ Goodin, Dan (December 20, 2013). "Cards stolen in massive Target breach flood underground "card shops"". Ars Technica. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  29. ^ Goodin, Dan (February 5, 2014). "Target hackers reportedly used credentials stolen from ventilation contractor". Ars Technica. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
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  38. ^ Dance, Scott (20 May 2015). "Cyberattack affects 1.1 million CareFirst customers". Baltim. Sun.