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California's first data-breach report finds 131 incidents hit 2.5 million citizens

Ellen Messmer | July 3, 2013
Report finds in 2012 more than half of incidents involved deliberate intrusions to get sensitive data.

In the report, "physical failures" — comprising 27% of the total — were said to be related to lost or stolen hardware. Two of the five largest incidents there were said to be the California Department of Social Services reporting a lost computer storage device containing information on 845,000 parents, children and caregivers in March 2012, and Emory Healthcare, reporting missing data disks containing financial and medical information on 318,000 patients in May 2012.

A third category, "procedural failures," constituted 18% of the overall breach incidents, and of these processing errors such as misdirected physical and electronic mail or unintentional web postings, an incident reported May 2012 involving First Data Corporation was highlighted as information on 108,500 merchants was "inadvertently transmitted to outside firms," according to the report.

 

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