How the number of data breaches is soaring — in one chart

Another day, another data breach. It can feel that way, and the chart above shows exactly how the last few years have seen a surge in hacking attacks targeting sensitive information.

The number of significant breaches at U.S. businesses, government agencies, and other organizations topped 1,300 last year, versus fewer than 200 in 2005, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, a U.S. nonprofit. Jefferies analysts used the center’s figures to create the handy chart, and they put the graphic in a recent note to clients.

Read about how exactly data breaches have been happening on Market Watch.

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