Target, LivingSocial Part of Spike in Cal Data Breaches

Attorney General Kamala Harris released the second annual report on Data Breaches (based on data breaches reported to the state).  The reports findings include:

  • In 2013, the number of reported data breaches increased by 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 in 201.
  • The number of Californians’ whose records were affected increased by over 600 percent, from 2.5 million in 2012 to 18.5 million in 2013.
  • This increase was largely due to two massive retailer breaches at Target and LivingSocial, each of which put the personal information of approximately 7.5 million Californians at risk.

More than half of the 2013 breaches (53 percent) were caused by computer intrusions, such as malware and hacking. The remaining breaches resulted from physical loss or theft of laptops or other devices containing unencrypted personal information (26 percent), unintentional errors (18 percent) and intentional misuse (four percent).