Report: breached records count down this year

The number of individual records compromised by data breaches has declined by 41 percent during the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year, even as the number of breaches went up, according to a new report by Gemalto.

“Identity theft continues to be the leading type of attack,” said Jason Hart, vice president and CTO for data protection at Gemalto.

Identity theft accounted for 472 breaches, or 53 percent of all attacks, and nearly 75 percent of compromised data records.

This was down slightly from last year’s 474 attacks, but higher than 396 attacks in the first half of 2013.

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