Report: Nearly Half of American Adults Have Been Hacked

Up to 432 million. ThatEUs the number of hacked accounts in the United States during the last 12 months. That translates to hackers getting their hands on the personal identifying information of 110 million Americans. And that translates to about half of U.S. adults falling victim to cybercrime.

These data points come from a survey CNN Money commissioned. Ponemon Institute researchers drew those conclusions based on public information about data breaches. Even still, the actual number may be even greater because, CNN Money noted, all companies arenEUt forthcoming with details about data security breaches. CNN Money pointed to AOL and eBay as examples of companies that donEUt fully disclose breach stats.

Nevertheless, the Identity Theft Resource Center and CNNMoneyEUs internal review of corporate disclosures are offering what staff reporter Jose Pagliery calls mind-boggling numbers. Those numbers include massive data breaches from Target (70 million) and smaller data breaches from Adobe (33 million), Snapchat (4.6 million), Michaels (3 million), Neiman Marcus (1.1 million). To PaglieryEUs point, we donEUt know how many of AOLEUs 120 million or how many of eBayEUs 148 million account holders were impacted in recent breaches.

Why Is This Happening?

EUFirst, we're increasingly moving our lives online. Shopping, banking and socializing are now chiefly digital endeavors for many people. Stores rely on the Internet to conduct and process all transactions. As a result, your data is everywhere: on your phone, laptop, work PC, Web site servers and countless retailers' computer networks,EU Pagliery said. "Second, hacks are getting more sophisticated. Offensive hacking weapons are numerous and cheap. And hackers have learned to quietly roam inside corporate networks for years before setting off any alarms.EU

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