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While the retail sector might not have ranked at the top of the industry list in terms of the number of breaches, it had an astounding number of records exposed and included some of the most high-profile attacks of the year.
There were 176 data breaches among retailers, accounting for 11% of the total, which was up slightly from 8% in 2013. These attacks resulted in more than half a billion (567,316,824)
data records being exposed. That amounted to
of all the records involved in data breaches during the year, compared with 29% in 2013. The average records lost per breach was 3,223,391, versus 6,600,000 in 2013.
Among the top breaches in the
There were a total of 179 data
breaches in the financial services 300,000,000 industry, accounting for 12% of
industry were AliExpress with
records; eBay, with 145,000,000 records; Home Depot, with 109,000,000 records; Hannaford Bros., with 4,200,000 records; Michael’s Stores, with 3,000,000 records; Staples, with 1,160,000 records; and Domino’s Pizza, with 650,000 records.
As in the financial services industry, attacks against retailers put customers’ financial data at risk. It’s clear from the types of attacks in the retail sector that many were financially motivated. These types of breaches tend to receive a lot of publicity, partly because of the number of records involved but also because many people can relate to conducting business with retailers electronically.
the total breaches last year. That percentage was down slightly from the year before, when it was 15%.
Finance companies had 205,175,846 data records compromised, representing 20% of the total records and up from 2013. The average records lost per breach was
- up sharply from just 112,000 records in 2013.
Among the top breaches in the finance sector were the Korean Credit Bureau, with 104,000,000 records; JP Morgan Chase, with 83,000,000 records; and HSBC Bank in Turkey, with 2,700,000 records.

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