20 of the Biggest Data Breaches of All Time

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Data is now the most valuable resource in the world. Many commentators call it the new oil, and for good reason. The global data market is currently worth $198 billion, and that figure is expected to swell to over $600 billion by 2030.

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20 of the Biggest Data Breaches of All Time

The Big Data industry attracts investors, global capital and savvy tech entrepreneurs. But, unfortunately, it's also become a huge target for hackers who want to steal our data for nefarious purposes.

And data hacks can have severe repercussions for the companies responsible for keeping our personal information safe. There's the disruption of business to deal with, a loss of customer confidence, and, in some cases, massive fines.

But which companies have suffered the biggest data hacks? And how much did they have to pay for it? VPN service provider Surfshark has the answers. Using information from the IT Governance Blog and IBM's "Cost of a Data Breach" report,  Surfshark created a list of the most expensive data breaches in recent history.

Advanced Info Service, Thailand's largest mobile phone operator, sits on top. It had to pay an eye-watering $58billion after hackers leaked 8 billion real-time records of customer data and mobile phone activity.

Keep on reading to see what other companies made it onto the list.

Surfshark has compiled a list of the biggest data breaches of all time in one infographic

Ashley Murphy


Ashley graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. He began working as a freelance content writer in 2015. He specializes in technology, higher education, advertising copy, and current affairs.


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