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Top 10 breaches of personal data in 2015

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    It was a bountiful year for hackers who gained unauthorized access to countless corporate and government databases. Here are the online breaches that hauled in the largest amount of personal data -- most of them tallying into the millions.

    No. 10: U.S. Internal Revenue Service

    Number of people affected: About 334,000

    Security experts said it technically wasn’t “hacking” when thieves stole the tax information of 100,000 people through the IRS site. It was a case of weak security: They entered through the IRS’ “Get Transcript” service by answering security questions correctly, using personal information on their victims that had been obtained elsewhere, or simply guessing.

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