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Massachusetts AG Releases Breach Stats

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 21, 2011

The Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts has released statistics detailing the number of residents impacted by data breaches over the past 18 months. The Boston Globe reports that 2.1 million Bay Staters have been affected since the beginning of 2010. Twenty-five percent of reported breaches involved "deliberate hacking of computer systems containing sensitive data," the report states. AG Martha Coakley says these types of incidents will increase as vital personal information is increasingly stored on networks. "There is going to be more room for employee error, for intentional hacking," Coakley said. "This is going to be an increasing target."  
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