Healthcare made up 26% of January's data breaches

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Of January's 116 total data breaches, healthcare accounted for 31 of them, or about 26.7 percent, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center's January data breach report.

The ITRC breach list aggregates all data breaches that could result in identity theft reported to media sources or confirmed on notification lists from state governmental agencies.

The single largest incident involved a Jason's Deli restaurant in Texas, where a RAM-scraping malware attack was launched on its point-of-sale terminals at various corporate-owned locations. Nearly 2 million records were compromised in the attack, which began June 8, 2017.

Here is how many data breaches occurred in each sector in January, listed in descending order.

  • Business: 62 breaches (53.4 parent)
  • Medical and healthcare: 31 breaches (26.7 percent)
  • Government and military: 9 breaches (7.8 percent)
  • Educational: 7 breaches (6 percent)
  • Banking, credit and financial: 7 breaches (6 percent)

Click here to download the full report.

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