Verizon: More Data Was Exposed in 2008 Than From 2004-2007

Surprisingly, 99% of breached records were accessed through servers and applications, rather than desktop computers, notebooks, mobile phones, or portable media

April 16, 2009

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More electronic records were exposed in 2008 than in the previous four years combined and most of those breaches -- nine out of 10 -- could have been easily avoided with basic preventative controls consistently applied.

In its 2009 Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) Business Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon Business Security Solutions analyzed 90 confirmed breaches that occurred in 2008, affecting 285 million compromised records. The company's previous data breach report covered from 2004 through 2007, a period that saw 230 million compromised records.

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Among the report's findings: 91% of all compromised records were linked to organized criminal groups; customized malware attacks doubled; and the most common attack vectors were default credentials and SQL injection.

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