18.5 million Californians were involved in a data breach in 2013
According to the October 2014 California Data Breach Report released by California State Attorney General Kamala Harris, 18.5 million Californians were involved in data breaches in 2013 – up from 2.5 million in 2012.
Factoring out the widely publicized Target and LivingSocial data breaches which skewed the statistics upward, the number of Californians involved still increased 35 percent to 3.5 million.
Some of the report’s key findings:
70 percent of breaches reported in the past two years were the result of stolen or lost hardware or digital media containing unencrypted personal information.
More than half of the 2013 breaches (53 percent) were caused by computer intrusions (malware and hacking). The remaining breaches resulted from physical loss or theft of laptops or other devices containing unencrypted personal information (26 percent), unintentional errors (18 percent) and intentional misuse by insiders (four percent).
In 2013, the number of reported data breaches increased by 28 percent, and the number of Californians’ records affected increased by over 600 percent
The full report can be found here.
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