What does compromised mean in this sentence from Wiki

The leaks threaten Scarpetta's position, especially after she is forced to admit that her office database has been compromised.

Compromise means someone accept others requirements which is not the optimal choice(or some similar meanings) but it doesn't fit here in my opinion.

  • It means that the integrity of the database has been compromised. I.e., someone broke in and stole information contained in it. See here: a. To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
    – Jim
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 4:11
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    It is a very common term used in the field of cyber security. It means that the database has been successfully attacked by the attacker. The consequence of the attack could be information leak, integrity damage..
    – ZillGate
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 4:29

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The word "compromise" has a few different meanings. In this case, it is the security of the database that is compromised, meaning that the database has become vulnerable to outside interference.

3.1 -- Cause to become vulnerable or function less effectively.

‘yo-yo dieting can compromise your immune system’

‘last month's leak of source code will not compromise your IT security’

-- Oxford Dictionaries, Lexico.com

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