Page 8 - BLI Annual Report 2015
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BREACH LEVEL INDEX
TYPES OF DATA COMPROMISED
As in past years, attackers used a variety of methods to conduct major data breaches in 2015. At the top of the list for the second straight year was identity theft, which was easily the most common type of breach.
Identity theft breaches accounted for nearly half (40%) of all records compromised during the year, with a total of 285 million. These types of attacks accounted for slightly more than half (53%) of
all data breaches, with 880. If security executives needed further evidence that identity theft is a still a serious problem, this is it.
The next most common type of data breach was financial access data theft, which was used in 370 of the attacks and accounted for 22% of the total. Interestingly, financial data theft incidents exposed only 5.7 million records, which accounted for a tiny fraction (less than 1%) of the total.
Account access was next on
the list of breach types, with
182 breaches (11% of the total) and 102.5 million records (14.5%).
This was followed by existential data, with 175 attacks (11%) and 107.8 million records (15%); and nuisance attacks, with 66 attacks (4%) and 206.5 million (29%). The last category exposed a startling number of records considering there were comparatively few attacks.
NUMBER OF BREACH INCIDENTS BY TYPE
NUISANCE
IDENTITY THEFT
66 INCIDENTS (4%)
880 INCIDENTS (53%)
EXISTENTIAL DATA
175 INCIDENTS (10%)
ACCOUNT ACCESS
182 INCIDENTS (11%)
FINANCIAL ACCESS
370 INCIDENTS (22%)
1,673
TOTAL BREACHES
Source: BREACHLEVELINDEX.COM January 2015 to December 2015
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