Nearly 1.4 billion data records were stolen by hackers or lost during 2016 - almost double the number which were comprised the previous year and indicating the ever growing threat posed not only by cyberattackers but accidental data breaches and malicious insiders.
Identifiable personal information including names, email addresses, passwords, dates of birth, IP addresses and even biometric data was stolen from or lost by organisations and websites throughout 2016.
The total of 1,378,509, 261 billion data records being lost or stolen is almost double that of 2015, according to figures published in Gemalto's Breach Level Index Report for 2016. The report is based on analysis of 1,792 data breaches across the year, which saw the equivalent of 3,776, 738 data records compromised every single day. According to the company more than seven billion data records have been exposed since 2013.