Personal data theft jumps 11% up to 18% in just six months

Data theft rates are increasing in the United States, and it will be difficult to try and prevent future mass breaches from taking place.

Published Tue, Apr 15 2014 3:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

About 18 percent of U.S. Internet users have suffered some type of data breach in which personal data has been stolen, and the problems are only mounting further, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. Just six months ago, the figure stood at just 11 percent of users in the United States, with user accounts and sensitive data under continued attack.

Personal data theft jumps 11% up to 18% in just six months | TweakTown.com

In addition to the Social Security Number, credit card and bank account information that was compromised, 21 percent of online adults also had an email or social media account also compromised.

The massive Target data breach suffered in 2013 accelerated the problem - and the recently disclosed Heartbleed vulnerability will only make things worse.

According to Pew Research Center:

"The consequences of these flaws and breaches may add insult to injury for those who have already experienced some kind of personal information theft. And research suggests that young adults and younger baby boomers may have been especially hard hit in the second half of 2013."

NEWS SOURCE:pewresearch.org

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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