3.2 Bn data records compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018: Report

[Oct 26, 2018]

Gemalto released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, revealing 944data breaches led to 3.2 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018.

Compared to the sameperiod in 2017, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by a staggering 72 percent, though the total number of breaches slightly decreased over the same period, signaling an increase in the severity of each incident.

A total of six social media breaches, including the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook incident, accounted for over 56percent of total records compromised. Of the 944data breaches, 189 (20 percent of all breaches) had an unknown or unaccounted number of compromised data records.

Gemalto profusely regrets on its Breach Level Index Report 2018 and the subsequent press release issued in India on 15th October where it has by mistake taken into account an unverified news article about alleged Aadhaar data breach.

Gemalto has updated its Breach Level Index Report 2018 and wants to make it clear that it was an error in the above said report which has been corrected and all concerned should take note of it that we have not been able to track any verified or substantiated data breach of Aadhaar database of UIDAI. As a result, Gemalto has withdrawn this alleged data from the Breach Level Index. Any inconvenience caused to UIDAI is deeply regretted.


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