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The Rate of Data Breaches Is Higher Than Last Year


The fight against data breaches is not going well.

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout and Your text to link…, the rate of data breaches has increased by 29 percent.

This center defines a data breach as being when a driver’s license number, a Social Security number, a medical record and a financial record connected to a person are taken from a database or any virtual security box. This taking is done by hacking, phishing, mistake, thieving or negligence.

Karen A. Barney says that if somebody just hacks your Social Security number in certain states, this could count as a data breach. This makes sense, especially in the United States, is closely linked to person’s Social Security number. When you fill our most forms in the US, a person has to give their Social Security number (SSN). A hacker or thief could use it to gain access to all information regarding an American.

The most popular way to make a data breach is by hacking.

This center monitors data breaches in business, health care, medicine, the military, and education.

More than 50 percent of the data taking occurs in the business area. The health care and medical industries come in second in this monitoring of data breaches.

Since 2005, there has been a total of 7,700 data breaches. These breaches have taken about 900 million records. In 2016, there about a thousand data takings. These takings took about 36 million records. So far, there have been 791 data breaches with about 12.4 million records

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