2008 set for record number of security breaches
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a not-for-profit organization that helps victims of identity theft, claims that security breaches in the first three months of 2008 have more than doubled over the same period in 2007.
Up to this week, the organization had already recorded 167 incidents that exposed 8,391,871 personal records this year. This was compared to 76 breaches in 2007. For the whole of 2007, the ITRC tracked 446 breaches involving 127,725,343 personal records.
According to the center, breaches in financial institutions have seen a slight decrease. In the US so far in 2008, Educational institutions account for 25 percent of data breaches; Government agencies suffered 18 percent, with medical and health care organizations causing 14 percent of incidents.