Bad guys had a good year in 2018, record number of consumer files stolen

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Hackers had a record year in 2018. They stole nearly half a billion files (447-million) containing sensitive personal information last year – up 126 percent from 2017, according to a new report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

“Data breaches are now a normal, everyday occurrence," the report concluded.

While the number of data breaches in the U.S. dropped 23 percent from 2017 (1,244 vs. 1,632), that’s nothing to cheer about.

“This is telling us that we are creating a system and processes that make it easier for the thieves to compromise,” said Eva Casey-Velasquez, ITRC’s president and CEO. “We’re collecting and storing more and more data in single places, so that the criminals only have to commit one hack or one breach of that institution to get all of those records.”

The ITRC reported that a staggering 1.6 billion non-sensitive records — such as email addresses, passwords and usernames — were also exposed last year — another record.

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