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[Infographic] 5 Scariest Data Breaches of All Time

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

You’ve probably heard about the Target data breach that compromised millions of customers’ credit card numbers and personal information in 2013. You’ve probably also heard about the recent Home Depot data breach. But you might be surprised to find out that neither of those breaches are the largest in recent history. 

In honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 Scariest Data Breaches of all time based on the number of people affected and the cost to the company responsible for the breach.

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Heartland Payment Systems

  • When: 2008-2009
  • Damage: 130 million debit and credit cards compromised in this breach that cost the company more than $140 million
  • Details: Malware infecting Heartland’s network recorded card data as it arrived from retailers. Because the company processed payments for more than 250,000 businesses across the country, the impact was huge.

Target Stores

  • When: 2013-2014
  • Damage: 110 million records compromised in this breach that cost Target $148 million
  • Details: Retail giant Target confirmed that hackers had infected the company’s payment-card readers, stealing about 40 million credit and debit card numbers. In January 2014, Target announced that the contact information (full names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers) of 70 million customers were also compromised in the breach.

Sony Online

  • When: 2011
  • Damage: 102 million records compromised in a breach that cost Sony $171 million
  • Details: In April 2011, attackers targeted the PlayStation Network that links Sony’s home gaming consoles, as well as the Qriocity video and music streaming service and Sony Online Entertainment, which hosts huge multiplayer online computer games.


  • When: 2011
  • Damage: 60 million to 250 million records compromised in a breach that analysts say cost the company $4 billion
  • Details: This marketing firm’s email address database of at least 60 million customers (including seven Fortune 10 companies)  ended up in the hands of cybercriminals. More than a dozen major retailers, banks and hotels were affected. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the number of compromised records may have been as high as 250 million.

Home Depot

  • When: 2014
  • Damage: 56 million payment cards compromised in a breach that resulted in at least 21 lawsuits
  • Details: “Carders” infected Home Depot’s point-of-sale systems at stores in the U.S. and Canada with malware that stole customer credit and debit cards. The theft is likely the largest theft of payment cards from a direct attack on a retailer. 
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Tags: security

Announcing Matt Hamilton as SIGNiX's Chief Sales Officer

Posted by Emily Maxie on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

We’re happy to announce an addition to our leadership team—Matt Hamilton! Matt will serve as Chief Sales Officer and lead our talented (and quickly growing) sales team.
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Tags: news

7 Tips to Take Criticism Like a Champ

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Oct 06, 2014

As a human resources consultant, I frequently teach managers how to deliver constructive feedback to employees. However, some people have a hard time accepting anything negative from their manager, no matter how well it is presented. So why do some people have trouble accepting criticism?

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Tags: how to

San Diego County to Save $225,000/year with Digital Signatures

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Not too long ago, if a resident of San Diego County needed to change their address, the process was pretty cumbersome. The resident would have to drive to the county offices, find parking, fill out and sign the form. After that, people in the county’s offices had to read each form and re-key the information into the county’s computers.

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Tags: benefits, paperless, clients

SIGNiX Promotes Digital Signature Expert to SVP Position

Posted by Emily Maxie on Wed, Sep 24, 2014

We’re happy to announce that John Harris has been promoted to the position of senior vice president of product management! John has been an essential part of our team for more than two years, and we look forward to seeing what he’s able to accomplish in his new position.

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Tags: news

The Biggest Problem With the Paperless Movement—And How to Fix It

Posted by Emily Maxie on Tue, Sep 02, 2014

I’ll be honest with you for a minute. Promise not to judge me? Ok, here it is… SIGNiX isn’t a paperless company. Shocking, right? After all, we’re an e-signature company! Shouldn’t we be completely digital?

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Tags: paperless

E-Signature vs. Electronic Signature vs. Digital Signature

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Aug 25, 2014

If you’ve spent any time researching e-signature technology, you’ve probably heard about a lot of different types of e-signatures. The term “electronic signature” (often shortened to “e-signature”) is a blanket term that describes any technology that lets you sign a document online, but there are many sub-categories. 

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Tags: security, evidence, legality

Best Practices for Adopting Digital Signatures

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

It’s easy to see the benefits of adopting digital signatures. Businesses across the country are enjoying faster onboarding, boosting legal compliance and eliminating incomplete documents thanks to this exciting technology. If you act fast, you can get a leg up on the competition by being among the first to offer such a user-friendly service. 

But some companies are dragging their feet, worried about security, compliance and technical requirements. If you make a mistake during this critical early stage of adoption, it could affect your digital signature project for years to come.

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Tags: clients, adoption

See What These Loan Managers Did to Boost Online Lending

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Aug 11, 2014

It’s no secret that credit unions are going through a time of immense change. Credit unions across the country are struggling to meet the needs of their ever-connected members while maintaining the outstanding service they’re known for.

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Tags: benefits, clients, credit union news

Why You Should Integrate Digital Signatures into Your Product

Posted by Emily Maxie on Mon, Aug 04, 2014

So you’ve created an awesome product. Maybe it’s a tool to manage your documents or a customer relationship management (CRM) system. But something’s missing—digital signatures.

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Tags: benefits

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