Data Breaches Compromised 4.5 Billion Records In First Half of 2018

Data breaches are an everpresent danger, and their frequency and magnitude are only getting worse. According to digital security company Gemalto’s 2018 Breach Level Indexreport, more than 4.5 billion data records were compromised in the first half of this year, a 133-percent increase from last year’s report.

That’s more than 25 million data records lost or stolen per day, over a million every hour, more than 17,000 every minute, and 291 records every second.

Gemalto tallied a total of 945 breach incidents worldwide in the first half of 2018, which is, surprisingly, less than the 1,162 breaches disclosed in the first half of 2017. A majority (559) of the incidents occurred in North America; 339 occurred in the Asia Pacific region, predominately Australia.

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Source: PC Magazine