Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks in Europe in April 2024 – 24,559,438 Records Breached

IT Governance Europe’s research found the following for April 2024:

We’re pleased to see a drop in both incidents and records breached in Europe compared to March. (And the fact that the number of publicly disclosed incidents is a round number is by chance alone – not rounding on our part!)

However, there’s no such drop in our global findings this month, particularly for known records breached. April saw a massive 1,683% increase on March, in an already record-breaking year.

Europe also didn’t see any significant outlier events, with even the largest breach at just over 5 million records breached.

Let’s delve deeper into the data.

Data Breach Dashboard

For a quick, one-page overview of this month’s findings, check out our Data Breach Dashboard:

This blog provides further analysis of the data we’ve collected. We also provide an annual overview and analyse the longer-term trends on our 2024 overview of publicly disclosed data breaches and cyber attacks in Europe.

You can learn more about our research methodology here.

Top 2 biggest breaches

1. World-Check (LSEG)

Threat actor GhostR claims to have stolen 5,299,116 records from World-Check, a screening database used to screen potential customers for links to illegal activity and government sanctions. The database is maintained by the LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group).

A spokesman for the LSEG confirmed the data was illegally obtained from a third party and didn’t dispute the amount of data stolen. Allegedly, the records were obtained via Singapore-based Mustafa Centre, which had access to the database.

The compromised data includes names, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, online crypto account identifiers and bank account numbers.

GhostR has started leaking the data.

Data breached: 5,299,116 records.

2. SurveyLama (Globe Media)

The data breach notification platform HIBP (Have I Been Pwned) added more than 4.4 million people’s information to its database following a data breach at the survey rewards platform SurveyLama earlier this year. The platform is owned by French company Globe Media.

According to the HIBP listing, the breach occurred on 1 February 2024, exposing information from 4,426,879 accounts, including names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords and IP addresses.

Data breached: 4,426,879 accounts.

Breached countries

This month, the following countries suffered at least one publicly disclosed incident: Albania (1), Belarus (2), Belgium (1), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (2), Estonia (4), France (15), Germany (5), Greece (1), Ireland (1), Italy (7), Lithuania (1), the Netherlands (11), Romania (1), Russia (9), Serbia (1), Slovakia (1), Spain (9), Sweden (1), Turkey (1), the UK (20) and Ukraine (5).

Top 3 (by number of incidents)

Top 3 (by number of records)

Sector overview

For our monthly analyses, we just look at the top 3 most breached sectors in Europe by number of incidents and by known number of records breached.

We’ll provide a full sector breakdown in our annual report.

Top 3 most breached sectors (by number of incidents)

Note: To make this table as informative as possible, the percentages exclude the ‘multiple’, ‘other’ and ‘unknown’ sectors.

Top 3 most breached sectors (by number of records)

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