Tech News – Massachusetts Data Breach Reports Continue To Rise in 2014

Tech News – Massachusetts Data Breach Reports Continue To Rise in 2014

Seal_of_Massachusetts data breach graph

In January and February of 2014, there were 349 reported data breaches affecting the residents of Massachusetts — a 15% increase over last year’s pace. Since 2007,  Massachusetts has required that data breaches involving personal information (such as bank account, credit card, or social security numbers) be reported to the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General has been collecting statistics from these reports.

 

Then, for 2012, the Attorney General released a comprehensive report on those data breaches — they have since updated their numbers for 2013 and the first couple months of 2014. The 2012 comprehensive report showed a lot of interesting trends in the data — including the fact that stolen laptops were the most common source of the most serious data breaches, and that executives were often involved in data breaches. Mobile device breaches were also a big trend for 2012, with stolen mobile devices being responsible for 26% of the total number of effected residents.

You can read the 2012 report here.   Or, for older reports, see:

2011 breach report

2009 breach report.

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