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Survey: Breach Numbers Down in 2012

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September 14, 2012

A new survey indicates that the number of data breaches has dropped in 2012, but that could be because hackers are choosing targets more carefully, IT Business reports. Symantec’s August 2012 Intelligence Report compares January to August 2012 with the same period in 2011. This year, there has been an average of 14 data breaches per month, down from 16.5 per month last year. Additionally, “the average number of identities stolen during those incidents was cut in half from 2011 to 2012 during the months of January to August,” the report states. However, hackers may be avoiding larger breaches in favor of “smaller breaches that contain more sensitive information.”
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