Doug Bedell — May 24, 2017, 12:06 pm

Digital Security Breaches Setting World Records


Amid all the coverage of digital security breaches so far this year, it’s not surprising to learn that “data breaches and software vulnerabilities look set to break new records in 2017, if first quarter trends are any indication.”

That’s DarkReading’s conclusion as it reports that “Risk Based Security’s analysis of Q1 data showed there were a total of 1,254 publicly reported data breaches worldwide, which together exposed a mind-boggling 3.4 billion records containing sensitive data.

“Two breaches alone accounted for over 2.5 billion of those breached records. One involved River City Media and exposed 1.34 billion email addresses while the other at Chinese Internet Service Provider NetEase Inc. exposed nearly 1.3 billion email addresses and passwords that were later sold on the Dark Web.”

So don’t, it bears reminding, operate a computer without malware protection, like, for example, Norton Internet Security. And be mindful of what emails you’re opening – if in doubt, it’s probably best to delete.

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