The 7 Biggest identity theft scandals of all time
Identity theft isn’t something to scoff at. It can be a serious matter, which can land you in a lot of hot water - and you won’t even know it until you’re in deep trouble, both legally and financially.
There have been a number of significant identity theft scandals over the years and we’re going to take a look at the most high-profiled.
£130,000 - Stolen Passport
Our first incident occurred in 2013 when a British businessman had his passport stolen. The man, who we won’t name, found that among other things, he landed himself a £130,000 tax bill which originated in Germany. He is still fighting his innocence on the bill, which has yet to be settled.
Snapchat - 2016
Even one of the world’s most used social media platforms was on the receiving end of fraudulent activity. Back in 2016, Snapchat was attacked by a simple phishing email. It’s estimated, the identities of almost 700 employees were taken and used for purposes that still remain unknown.
Linkedin - 2012 - 2016
Like Snapchat, LinkedIn’s is another ‘social media platform’, this time aimed at professionals. Back in 2012, LinkedIn’s system was hacked, and it’s estimated that 117 million accounts were stolen. To make matters worse, it took until 2016 for Linkedin to admit it they’d been hacked.
Yahoo - 2016
2016 is really not a good year for security online, eh? Yahoo ruled the roost once upon a time, and with their dominant position within the market, you’d think they’d know how to protect themselves. The estimation is that around 1bn accounts and email domains were affected. This stands as perhaps the most significant case of identity theft in history.
Dropbox - 2016
Dropbox were another company to be affected by identity theft during an attack, which took place in 2016. It is suggested that 68,000,000 accounts were stolen. The whereabouts of the stolen data remains a mystery to this day!
Oracle - 2016
Oracle are a major company, whose tech is primarily found in cash registers. However, their systems were breached by Russian hackers, who used malware to get into the system and steal information.