The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) defines data breaches when an incident put a risk of exposure of an individual’s “name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included).” The ITRC Data Breach Report is published every Tuesday and on December 9, 2014 the Report identified 720 breaches of 81,597,485 in these categories:
Banking/Credit/Financial -41 breaches of 1,182,492 records
Business: – 237 breaches of 64,731,975 records
Educational: -54 breaches of: 1,243,622 records
Government/Military: -84 breaches of: 6,494,683 records
Medical/Healthcare: -304 breaches of: 7,944,713 records
Given the scope and size of cyber intrusions and crime it is unlikely these number of personal records will ever be smaller.
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