August 26, 2015 — 25 New Data Breaches Recorded Last Week
A feature article that looks at new data breaches and NuData Security’s findings. 24/7 Wall Street is a financial news company and news wire service.
The latest report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reveals that there has been a total of 519 data breaches recorded through August 25, 2015, and nearly 140 million records have been exposed. The annual total includes 21.5 million records exposed in the attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in June and 78.8 million health care customer records exposed at Anthem in February. Recent research by NuData Security indicates that personally identifiable information remains more popular as a target of fraudsters than credit card information. The company analyzed nearly 500 million account creation events in the three-month period to July and found that more than 57% were flagged as either high-risk or fraudulent, up from 28% in the prior three-month period through April. Almost half of account creation fraud attempted in May was linked to delivering false product ratings. According to NuData, the top six country sources of malicious behavior are China, the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Brazil.