Number of U.S Data Breaches in 2017 Increase at Record Pace

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The number of data breaches in the U.S. reached a record high of 791 so far this year. That is a 29% jump in the first half of 2017 from last year, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout. If this pace continues, the Identity Theft Resource Center estimates the total number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017.

The ITRC/CyberScout report tracks data breaches in five categories: financial, health/medical, government/military, education and business. The business sector had the highest number of breaches, followed by the healthcare field.

The report states about 12 million records were exposed in the 791 breaches. The records include everything from credit card numbers to Social Security numbers.  NBC News  reports health records can be more lucrative to hackers because they not only contain Social Security numbers, but also medical history, data of birth, and sometimes credit card numbers as well.