Data Breaches Rarely Lead To Identity Theft

from the hype-and-reality dept

Earlier this year, it seemed like you could hardly go a day or two without hearing about yet another data leak by some company or another and how everyone's data was at risk. Of course, now some are beginning to realize that very few of those data leaks actually resulted in identity theft scams. Of course, that shouldn't necessarily make anyone feel better about them. It could just mean that so much private data about people is available that your chances of being "picked" are much slimmer. Safety thanks to the ubiquity of available information just isn't that comforting.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2005 @ 9:41am

    Re: Your Accounts have been Compromised

    What that quote says is that 10mil of all american's data was compromised. That is ~3% of the total population of the USA. Of those ~3% compromised, only 2% are being used. So out of 10 million compromised accounts, only 200,000 are being used. That doesn't mean that everybody's information is being compromised. What that means is that with all the breaches that are reported, a very small percentage of us are having our data exposed, and an even smaller percentage are having our data used.

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