New York’s Data Breaches Exposed 22.8 Million Personal Records
According to a report from New York’s Attorney General, 22.8 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed due to data breaches over the last eight years. The data breaches were reported by over 3,000 businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
Intentional hacking exposed most of the accounts, accounting for 40% of the 5,000 incidents. Lost or stolen equipment, insider wrongdoing and inadvertent errors were also major factors.
“As we increasingly share our personal information with stores, restaurants, health care providers and other organizations, we should be able to enjoy the benefits of new technology without putting ourselves at risk,” said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
He encouraged industry and security experts to collaborate to provide businesses with the tools they need to better secure their data in the future.
New York is far from the only state to suffer from these data breaches, but the numbers revealed in the new report certainly put matters into perspective. After all, there are only 19.5 million residents in New York altogether. The breach volume far surpasses that.
Schneiderman noted these numbers do not reflect thousands of other data breaches that occurred over the same time period. These breaches included sensitive information that did not fit the reporting requirements outlined in 2005.