ITRC: Data Breaches in 2010

Identity Theft Resource Center

The Identity Theft Resource Center recorded 662 breaches on its 2010 ITRC Breach List. It is apparent, with few exceptions, that there is no transparency when it comes to reporting breaches.  Other than breaches reported by the media and a few progressive state websites, there is little or no information available on many data breach events.  It is clear that without a mandatory national reporting requirement, that many data breaches will continue to be unreported, or under-reported.

Highlights of the ITRC Breach List analysis include:

  • Paper breaches account for nearly 20% (1/5th) of known breaches and typically go unnoticed until a consumer reports the problem to local media.
  • Malicious attacks still account for more breaches than human error, with hacking at 17.1% and insider theft at 15.4%.
  • 38.5% (255) of listed breaches did not identify the manner in which the information was exposed.  This indicates a clear lack of transparency and full reporting to the public.
  • 51% of publicly reported breaches indicated the number of records exposed, totaling
  • 16.1 million records.  Note: records can mean credit cards, bank accounts or other information.  It is not representative of the number of people involved.
  • However, nearly half of all breaches (49%) did not list number of potentially exposed records.
  • 412 breaches (62%) reported exposure of Social Security Numbers, representing 76% of known records.
  • 170 breaches (26%) involved credit or debit cards, representing about 29% of known records.



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