2014—The Year of the Hack

According to CNNMoney, in the last 12 months alone, hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans—roughly half of the nation’s adults.

Tallied by the Ponemon Institute, that massive number is made even more mind-boggling by the number of hacked accounts: up to 432 million.

While the exact number of exposed accounts is hard to pin down due to some companies not being fully transparent about the details of their breaches, the damage is real. Each record usually includes personal information, such as your name, debit or credit card, email, phone number, password, birthday, security questions and physical address. Even if basic information about you is stolen, it can still be easily paired with stolen credit card data, empowering imposters.

While we may be experiencing “data-breach fatigue,” according to researchers at Unisys, the most recent numbers still make for a startling list:

• 70 million Target customers’ personal information, plus 40 million credit and debit cards
• 33 million Adobe user credentials, plus 3.2 million stolen credit and debit cards
• 4.6 million Snapchat users’ account data
• 3 million payment cards used at Michaels
• 1.1 million cards from Neiman Marcus
• “A significant number” of AOL’s 120 million account holders
• Potentially all of eBay’s 148 million customers’ credentials