The privacy chattering classes are talking about this chart, showing a timeline of the 10 largest data breaches since 2000.
And not quite big enough to make the chart (although still pretty staggering in size) is the latest announced breach: Hannaford Bros. supermarkets announced Monday that it accidentally gave criminals access to 4.2 million credit and debit cards. Hannaford is still investigating, but it is believed that the breach occurred during transmission of the information – that is, between swiping the card and receiving approval.
Most notable about this latest incident is that it appears that hackers gained access to the cards despite Hannaford following all required PCI standards. Security Fix’s Brian Krebs thinks this presages a trend for 2008.