Through e-commerce or social media or merely breathing, your information is everywhere. And, if the right steps are taken, virtually anyone can access it. As the years go on, the abilities of hackers only get better as the world’s biggest organizations and agencies struggle to keep pace, leaving doors open for breaches that seem to get both bigger and more devastating.

Legaltech News decided to take a look at some of the biggest, most jarring breaches that we’ve seen all year. Suffice to say, there wasn’t a shortage of instances to choose from – one estimate places the number of breaches this year at 750, among which nearly 200 million records were compromised. Among these instances, everything from financial information to health records were vulnerable, the data from which, according to experts, can be used for extortion, identity theft or resale on a lucrative black market.

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