First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records


The number of data breaches reported and records exposed both increased by more than 50 percent during the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

The 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report by Risk Based Security found that there were 3,816 data breaches during the first six months of the year, up 54 percent, resulting in 4.1 billion records being compromised, up 52 percent. Although 3.2 billion of those records were part of just eight breaches and all were attributable to malicious actors discovering misconfigured databases.

The report only tracked publicly disclosed breaches.

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