17 Aug. 2009
New York, UNITED STATES
Names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 100 million people were stolen in one of the largest hacks to date targeting U.S. bank Capital One, the firm said this week.
Personal data is a prized target for hackers as it can be sold on to criminals intent on using it for fraudulent purposes like applying for credit cards or taking out loans in someone else's name, according to cybersecurity experts.
As personal information thefts become ever more common, here are eight of the biggest hacks in history: