Data breaches are often the result of poor security, and is when personal information finds its way into the wrong hands. Notable breaches include Ashley Madison, the site for people looking to have an affair, which lost control of its subscriber details.
Users were blackmailed, as was the company itself, resulting in significant fallout. Data breaches are common and always troubling, but when such sensitive information is involved they can be devastating.
Synonyms & Related Terms: Data Hack, Data Theft, Hacker, Data Privacy