Is there a list of notable (i.e. those reported in the mainstream media) security issues such as hacks, viruses, worms and any other unauthorized or improper access or use of computers for malicious purpose?

A Wiki to keep track for posterity would be ideal.

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    This could be answered with a very quick Google search.
    – user185
    Jun 24 '11 at 17:33
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    @Graham Lee: I beg to differ, particularly from a posterity perspective. I'd be grateful to be proven wrong, but none of my Google searches give me any accessible list that includes e.g. 2011's Anonymous & Sony PSN, Wikileaks & US DFA, LulzSec & Arizona Police etc., much less for 2010 going backwards. Jun 24 '11 at 18:09
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    Closed as too localised, and in any case, a very quick google throws up all the recent ones for me. @Brian - your google-fu is faulty today:-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Jun 24 '11 at 18:41
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    @Rory: The proposed list is not on those web-sites. Also beg to differ on SE's suitability for lists: stackoverflow.com/questions/1711; stackoverflow.com/questions/194812 (though both have caveats about suitability for SE sites); Finally, I think you are misusing "too localized", see meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/536 ; there might be another reason why this question isn't suitable, but localized isn't it :) Jun 24 '11 at 19:01
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    I agree with @briant-m-hunt there are significant cases that are not recent and not easily locatable with google. Using a variety of search terms I was not able to come up with one incident involving Kevin Mitnick, who had several notable incidents. I also agree with zedman9991. Those new to the field deserve to learn about John Draper (Capn' Crunch), and that Woz practiced soldering by making blue boxes.
    – this.josh
    Jun 26 '11 at 5:00

A good source focused on publicly announced data loss is - http://datalossdb.org/

  • This is a great reference, and would be a suitable answer if only you could grep out the security breaches reported by the mainstream media. Jun 24 '11 at 19:02
  • @Brian: There are filters, try for example datalossdb.org/index/most_discussed or datalossdb.org/index/largest
    – john
    Jun 25 '11 at 1:34
  • Good resource but it is missing a couple decades. Aparently nobody lost data before 2001.
    – this.josh
    Jun 26 '11 at 5:02

You may want to take a look at: Largest data breaches of all time graphic





  • US Military officially hacked - "first confirmed on-the-record penetration of U.S. military classified computer systems by a foreign intelligence agency"


  • Jonathan James (aka C0mrade) hacks NASA and the Department of Defence
  • The ILOVEYOU virus infects millions of computers


  • Griffas Air Force Base hacked by Matthew Bevan and Richard Price


  • Vladimir Levin transfers $10 million from Citibank to his own accounts




  • Elk Cloner - “The first known microcomputer virus that spread "in the wild"”


  • Thats it, nothing before 2008? I love the 2001 Erroneous Issued Digital Certificates, where a couple individual claiming to be microsoft employees got VeriSign Class 3 code-signing digital certificates in Microsoft's name.
    – this.josh
    Jun 26 '11 at 5:16
  • @this.josh: It's a wiki, editable by those with more time and better memories. ;) Jun 26 '11 at 12:01

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