Some 4.5 bil data records worldwide compromised in 1H18: Gemalto

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SINGAPORE (Oct 10): The first half of 2018 saw 945 data breaches worldwide, leading to some 4.5 billion data records being compromised, says the latest Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches provided by Gemalto, the digital security specialist.

Compared to the same period in 2017, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by 133%, though the total number of breaches slightly decreased over the same period. This signals “an increase in the severity of each incident”, says the report.

A total of six social media breaches, including the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook incident, accounted for over 56% of total records compromised. Of the 945 data breaches, 189 or 20% of all breaches had an unknown or unaccounted number of... (Click here to read the full story)