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Americans report increase in online information theft

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, that's how many American adults with Internet access have reported that their personal information was stolen in a data breach this year. So if it feels as though you've been getting a lot more of those data-breach notices in your inbox, you're not alone. The number is up from 11 percent who reported the same in July. And this is serious personal information being taken, such as Social Security and credit card numbers, and banking information. The study, which surveyed 1,002 adults, was conducted in January — before the general public had any information about the Heartbleed bug but after the disclosure of major breaches at retailers, including Target and Neiman Marcus. — Washington Post



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Americans report increase in online information theft 04/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:31pm]

    

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