Friday, 20 March 2015
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Data breaches increased 49% with almost 1 billion data records compromised in 1,500 attacks in 2014 – a 78% increase in the number of data records either lost or stolen in 2013, a new report by leading digital security firm Gemalto reveals. The Netherlands-based firm said about 575 million records were compromised in 2013.
Identity theft was by far the largest type of attack, with 54% of the breaches involving the theft of personal data, up from 23% in 2013.
Among the largest data thefts incurred by companies in 2014 were retail chain Home Depot with 109 million records containing email addresses stolen in a hacker attack, financial service provider Morgan Stanley suffered an identity theft with 83 million records being stolen and online market place Ebay lost 145 million records in an identity theft.
In Europe the UK was affected by the majority of incidents with 109 breaches. In comparison Germany incurred only 7 recorded data breaches.