2016-Summary

2016 Summary of Compromises

2016 Compromises affecting 10,000 or more
2016 Compromises affecting less than 10,000
2016 Compromises affecting an unknown, or undisclosed number
2016 General Information

With over 2.6 billion compromises during the first nine months of 2016 we are approaching double the almost 1.4 billion compromises of 2014 (chart). We’ve written often that exposures were not being disclosed. Disclosure is increasing and the real numbers being exposed are horrendous.

01/01/2016 to  09/30/2016 ACB= 7,182,015
All Types Total Non-Fin Fin Unknown
Affected Count 2,628,617,431  2,596,558,063  32,059,368 ???
Incident Count 855 366 16 473
Avg per incident 3,074,406 7,094,421 2,003,711 ???
% by # affected 98.78% 1.22% ???
% by incidents 42.81% 1.87% 55.32%

 

How many other breaches went un-reported? Remember over 95% (see 2 page PDF) US states and jurisdictions have a safe harbor rule such that if the data is encrypted (even if poorly encrypted) then you need not get told. See When do you get told your data was compromised?

In accounts affected and incident count non-financial compromises far outnumber financial accounts compromised. Why should you care? Because the compromised information can be used for identity theft which leads to financial problems that are not tracked by these breach reports. Any compromise of personally identifiable information (PII) is to be avoided.

Average Compromised per Breach (ACB) does not include incidents where the number compromised is unknown or undisclosed. A higher ACB means that, on average, more accounts were compromised in fewer incidents. Or, that the number of accounts compromised grew faster than the number of incidents.

 

In addition to sources cited above the Chronology of Data Base Breaches maintained by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse was used. Their website is a valuable resource for those seeking information on basic privacy, identity theft, medical privacy and much more. They are highly recommended. We also recommend The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

2016 Compromises affecting 10,000 or more
2016 Compromises affecting less than 10,000
2016 Compromises affecting an unknown, or undisclosed number
2016 General Information

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