If you think your information is safe online, you may want to think again. Last year, 174 million records were compromised, the second highest number of compromised records Verizon has tracked since 2004.The number of records clipped by cyber criminals increased by more than 4,000 percent over 2010, when only four million records were compromised.
According to Verizon, 58 percent of the 855 breaches studied in the report involved data stolen by hackers. Some 95 percent of the records robbed by intruders in 2011 contained information such as a person’s name, contact information and social security number. That compares to 1 percent in 2010.
Below is excellent infographic from Background Check which debriefs all the worst IT security breaches.