Malicious attacks continue to account for 64% of data breaches: OAIC


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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has revealed that there was a 19% increase in the number of data breaches reported under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme between July and December 2019, compared to the first half of the year.

Specifically, the OAIC reported that 537 breaches were notified under the scheme, up from 460 in the previous six months.

This is the first half-year report produced by the OAIC since it announced in August that it would move from its quarterly reporting scheme to one every six months.

The OAIC report [PDF] also revealed how malicious or criminal attacks, including cyber incidents, continued to be the largest source of data breaches, accounting for 64% of all notifications, or 343 breaches, which was an additional 61 notifications compared to the previous half year.

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