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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Sally Beauty Reports Attempted Data Breach In late February 2014, Sally's Beauty Holdings noticed unusual network activity. Using an intrusion detection technology from Tripwire, which sends alerts when key system files are modified, Sally's IT security were notified and shut down all external communication and began the investigation. Shortly thereafter they contacted Verizon's cybersecurity and forensics teams.

Sally Beauty originally reported that no credit card or personal data had been stolen, but experts weren't so sure. Then earlier this month, Sally Beauty announced that there had, in fact, been data loss of roughly 25,000 records. These stolen records contained credit card data, according to reports.

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