353,812,819 = total number of personal records hacked since 2005

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More than 353.8 million records containing sensitive personal information have been leaked in security breaches since the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse began tracking them in January, 2005.

The nonprofit privacy advocate has compiled an extensive list of every known breach, along with the number of records exposed with each security breach. The list ends with an unknown number of leaks as a result of the latest Blippy breach.

The list includes data breaches where data exposed includes Social Security numbers, account numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Since the list includes only known breaches, it isn’t complete. Clearly, something has to be done about this, as the years 2009 and 2010 show no abatement of the trend.


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