2018 Was Second-Most Active Year for Data Breaches

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More than 6,500 data breaches were reported in 2018, a new report from Risk Based Security shows.

The breaches, both big and small, were reported through Dec. 31, 2018 — marking a 3.2% decline from the 6,728 breaches reported in 2017 and making it the second-most active year for data breaches on record. Some 5 billion records were exposed, or about 36% less than the nearly 8 billion records exposed in breaches in 2017. In addition, more records were compromised last year than in any previous year than 2017 and 2005.

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