Chief Cause of Data BreachesBy Baselinemag | Posted 2008-02-06 Print
See the data behind the substantial rise in identity theft and data breaches from 2007—a record year.
|CHIEF CAUSE OF DATA BREACHES
While hackers account for the most compromised records, improperly discarded and secured paper lead the number of breach incidents in 2007. The number of compromised records doesn’t always tell the whole story, since many breaches had unknown number of records exposed—some suspected of totaling in the hundreds of thousands.
|Type of Breach||Incidents||Percentage
|Compromised paper documents||80||18.5%||297,733||50||62.5%|
|External hacker breach||77||17.8||95,405,165||25||32.4|
|Erroneous Web posts||54||12.5||360,091||5||9.2|
|Stolen/lost storage media||48||11.1||7,506,500||13||27.0|
|Internal data theft (digital)||17||3.9||18,979,955||3||17.6|
|Network security lapse||14||3.2||137,506||5||35.7|
|E-mail sata leak||8||1.9||10,813||3||37.5|
|Unsecure data transfer||6||1.3||1,352,600||1||16.6|
Source: Identity Theft Resource Center
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