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Attorney General Reports Data Breaches Affected 2.5 Million Californians Last Year

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report Monday that says a total of 2.5 million people had their personal information compromised in 131 data breaches.

The breaches happened in 2012. More than half were at the hands of people intentionally hacking in; the rest were because of inadequate security measures.

“The report found that 1.4 million Californians would have been protected if companies had encrypted data when moving or sending the data out of the company’s network,” read a statement from Harris’ office.

In the attorney general’s statement, she encouraged encrypt personal information when moving or sending it outside of a secure network. Harris also urged companies to make breach notices easier to read, so that someone who reads at an 8th grade level will have no problem.

Most of the data breaches happened in the retail industry, the report said.

For a complete list of all 131 breaches, click here for the attorney general’s report.


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