Fewer data breaches but more records exposed
Data breaches are down, but the number of personal records potentially exposed to identify thieves soared this year. There were 444 data beaches this year as of Nov. 24, down from 656 in 2008, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
If the numbers hold, 2009 will be the first time the group has reported a drop in data beaches since it began counting them in 2005. But the number of personal records exposed has risen to more than 220 million records so far, a sharp increase from 35 million in 2008, and many more than the next highest total of 128 million in 2007.
* as of Nov. 24
Source: Identity Theft Resource Center