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During the first half of 2017, 918 data breaches resulted in 1.9 billion data records being compromised globally.

data-breaches-grow.pngCompared to the last month of 2016, the number of compromised records increased 164% during the first half of this year.

These numbers do not include last month’s Equifax and SEC breach announcements, or Yahoo’s revised report of its 2013 exposure.

Less than 1% of the compromised data was encrypted, which would have rendered the information useless to hackers.

“Malicious outsiders” were responsible for the most data breaches at 74%, an increase of 23%.

Identity theft was the leading “type” of data breaches, in number of incidents, accounting for 74% of all data breaches—an increase of 49% from the prior six months. The number of “identity theft incidents” that were hacked increased by 255%.

Most industries had more than a 100% increase in the amount of lost, stolen, or compromised records, and two-thirds of firms who suffered a breach also reported that their share prices were also negatively-impacted. North America suffered  most of the breaches and compromised records, at above 86%.

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