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The most damaging hacks and data breaches of 2017, so far

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Unfortunately, 2017 has been a major year for data breaches. In the US alone, personal information has been stolen for well over 100 million residents.

Here's a look at what are arguably the most damaging hacks and data breaches of 2017 so far. And while they happened in 2017, their effect will likely be felt well into 2018 and beyond.

WannaCry

On May 12, 2017, the WannaCry cryptoworm began propagating, demanding a ransom from victims in order to regain access to their files. The original version of WannaCry propagated for three days before a kill switch was found by security researcher Marcus Hutchins. In that time, thousands of organizations including FedEx, the UK's NHS, telecoms Telefónica and Megafon, and others were affected.

WannaCry and its variants utilize a pair of exploits called EternalBlue and DoublePulsar, which were released by an organization called "The Shadow Brokers" on April 14. The exploits were originally developed by the NSA Office of Tailored...(continued)

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