Cybersecurity Data Breach

The US is World’s Biggest Data Theft Target

New Population Density-Based Report Discovers US is World’s Biggest Data Theft Target

Based upon the total user records stolen per 100,000 of population, the United States is the world’s biggest data theft target at almost 1.9 million user records stolen. In other words, this amount is over four times as much as the globe’s next largest data theft target, South Korea. The United Kingdom is the fourth most popular data theft target at 206,433 user records stolen per 100,000 population. Of course, the current pandemic has seen an increase in cybercrime as an outcome of opportunists exploiting people’s vulnerability when cybersecurity defenses are not in place.

The decade’s largest data breaches:

  1. Yahoo! 2013 and 2014; 3,000,000 user records stolen
  2. Sina Weibo, 2020; 538,000,000 user records stolen
  3. Marriott International, 2014-2018; 500,000 user records stolen
  4. Adult Friend Finder, 2016; 412,200,000 user records stolen
  5. MySpace, 2013; 359,420,000 user records stolen
  6. NetEase, 2015; 235,000,000 user records stolen
  7. Zynga, 2019; 218,000,000 user records stolen
  8. LinkedIn, 2012 and 2016; 165,000,000 user records stolen
  9. Dubsmash, 2018; 162,000,000 user records stolen
  10. Adobe, 2013; 153,000,000 user records stolen

            Interestingly, China and India did not make the list of top 20 data theft targets since both nations strengthened their respective cybersecurity safeguards. China views its data protection laws as a high priority despite its controversial censorship practices. On the other hand, India’s high population count is responsible for its 22nd-place ranking at 28,573 user records stolen per 100,000 population because its relaxed cybersecurity laws certainly do not help its case with 394,307,531 data breach cases since 2013.

10 tips to keep personal data secure online:

  1. Ensure your home broadband is secure, and contemplate using a VPN (virtual private network) to further protect your information
  2. Utilize top-notch antivirus software for your IoT (Internet of Things) devices
  3. Choose ambiguous passwords with several symbols while using a different password for each respective platform
  4. Regularly update your software to install the newest patches and reduce your network’s vulnerability
  5. Apply two-factor authentication wherever possible
  6. Check company information security guidelines, especially bank ones, regarding log-in detail confirmation
  7. If sharing a device, delete auto-fill details and log off when done to keep saved files and information confidential
  8. Backup important files manually via a memory stick or external hard drive if not done so automatically with cloud storage
  9. Always be aware of what devices are connected to your home network, and check each device’s security settings
  10. Only keep what is needed. For example, if sensitive information becomes irrelevant, then delete it from all devices to prevent such data from later being stolen.

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