United States Number One in Data Breaches
The United States led the world in data breaches in 2016, according to research from Risk Based Security. Last year, nearly half (47.5%) of announced data breaches and 68.2% of breached records came from the United States.
America had nearly 2,000 breaches, which was 10 times as many as the second highest country, the United Kingdom, which had 203. From those 2,000 breaches, more than 2.9 billion user records were exposed. That is also 10 times as many as Russia, which was second in breached records.
Yahoo’s two massive breaches, which accounted for 500 million and 1 billion records, pushed the United States far into the number one position, as these are two of the largest breaches in history. While these breaches occurred in 2013 and 2014, they were not announced until last year. However, even if these breaches are disregarded, the United States still had five times as many exposed records as Russia.
Worldwide, 2016 was a noteworthy year for data breaches. The top four breaches of all time and eight of the top 20 hacks occurred last year.
According to Identity Force, some of the biggest data breaches in 2016 occurred at 21st Century Oncology (2.2 million records), Verizon Enterprise Solutions (1.5 million records), Premier Healthcare (200,000 records), the IRS (100,000 records), UC Berkeley (80,000 records), the University of Central Florida (63,000 records) and the U.S. Department of Justice (30,000 records).