Human Error Dominates as Breached Records Soar 88% in 2017

Phil Muncaster

Around 2.6 billion records were stolen in 2017, an 88% increase on the previous year’s figures, according to Gemalto.

The security firm’s 2017 Breach Level Index Report comprised data from publicly reported breaches around the world. It revealed the US in first place, accounting for 1453 such data breaches, while the UK came a distant second with 80. Despite this, the number of records compromised in 2017 in the UK actually fell from 54.5 million in 2016 to 33.1 million.

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