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Number of Data Breaches Doubled So Far

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

April 22, 2011

The number of data breaches reported in 2011 thus far is double the number of those reported in 2010, ZDNet reports. However, the breaches have not been reported by the media. "This year we've handled between 10 to 15 (credit card) breaches," said Nick Klein of forensic investigators Klein & Co. Major banks and credit card issuers have seen similar increases, Klein said. An investigative response director for Verizon said that in many instances, hackers have "maintained access to a victim's infrastructure for months" and have stolen data slowly. Hacks are often the result of poor security such as "weak passwords and default user access rights," the report states.
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