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Sharp increase in data breaches in 2016 in the US

Categories : Cash is trust, Cash protects privacy and anonymity
February 2, 2017
Tags : Hacking, Identity theft, US
A 40% increase in data breaches has been recorded in the US since 2016 representing a total of 1093 attacks, according the Identity Theft Resource Center's latest report.
Communication Team / Equipo de Comunicación

The last report of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), elaborated in collaboration with data protection systems provider CyberScout, demonstrates that the number of data breaches in the US increased by 40% in 2016 compared to 2015, representing a total of 1093 attacks.

Among the five monitored industries including business, finance, healthcare, education, government and military, the financial services sector was the least affected with only 52 breaches. In most cases, the attacks were carried out through hacking, skimming or phishing operations, which represent the primary causes of data theft since 2008.

Hackers usually focus on state and federal tax filings, which contain highly sensitive information. Moreover, many incidents are the result of CEO spear-phishing attacks.

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