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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Target's POS Devices Targeted Late last year, retail giant Target reported a data breach that included personal data, credit card data and encrypted PIN numbers from debit cards from more than 70 million consumers. In one of the largest data breaches in history, attackers installed malicious software on point of sale (POS) devices in Target's checkout lines.

In an effort to help soothe its customer base, Target has have assured users that they will not be held liable for any charges resulting from this data breach and are offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

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