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BREACH LEVEL INDEX
TYPES OF DATA COMPROMISED
What data is targeted?
than 294 million data records (53% of the total for the  rst half).
The next most common type of attack was  nancial access, the cause of 155 breaches in the  rst half. They accounted for 16% of the total, down from 189 during the previous six months. These attacks led to the loss or theft
of 1.4 million records, compared with 2.9 million in the previous six months (a 54% decline).
Other types of attacks included account access, which were responsible for 108 of the data breaches (11.1%). This compares with 97 such attacks during the previous six months, a rise of 11%. Account access attacks involved
90 million data records. Much lower on the scale of attacks
were nuisance attacks (40),
which expose just user name and af liation, and existential data (50). While nuisance attacks were fairly negligible in terms of the share of attacks, they did result in the loss or theft of an astounding 168 million data records (which accounted for 30% of the total). That compares with records of 268,000 in the previous six months, for an increased of 62,620%.
Existential data attacks caused the loss or theft of 412,000 data records, compared with 17 million in the previous six months,
a decline of 98%.
In terms of the types of data breaches that were reported in the  rst half of 2016, identity theft was clearly dominant. Identity theft attacks accounted for
621or nearly two thirds (64%) of all
the data breaches. That compares with 449 identity
theft attacks (53%) during the previous six months. That’s an alarming 38% increase from period to period. Identify theft has now been the leading type of data breach at least since the  rst half of 2013. These types of attacks involved the loss or theft of more
NUMBER OF BREACH INCIDENTS BY TYPE
NUISANCE
IDENTITY THEFT
EXISTENTIAL DATA
50 INCIDENTS (5%)
ACCOUNT ACCESS
108 INCIDENTS (11%)
FINANCIAL ACCESS
155 INCIDENTS (16%)
974 TOTAL BREACHES
Source: BREACHLEVELINDEX.COM January 2016 to June 2016
40 INCIDENTS (4%)
621 INCIDENTS (64%)
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