In pictures: 12 biggest data breaches of the last 12 months

Many companies have felt the effects of data theft over the last several years. It's 2014 and it doesn't look like the going is getting any easier. The technology sector seems most at risk with every week bringing the world another reported data breach. Here we look at the largest breaches in the last year.

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The NSA/Snowden Debacle Last June, the U.S. suffered what is regarded as one of worst leaks of classified material in its history. Booz Allen Hamilton IT contractor and infrastructure analyst Edward Snowden had access to and leaked classified materials to media outlets. Since then he has released details of unwarranted NSA hacking of friends and foe alike, the fallout damaging U.S. relations abroad and putting a spotlight on current security issues facing the U.S.

Some hail Snowden as a whistleblower while others consider him treasonous. Since June he has been on the run and reportedly living in Russia.

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