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At least 368 data breaches reported this year: Identity theft report


There were 368 data breaches so far this year throughout the United States, of which 46.5%, or 171, were in the health care/medical sector, says the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center, in a report issued Tuesday.

But these health care breaches accounted for only 16.7% of total compromised records, according to the San Diego-based center. The business sector, with 32.9% of the breaches, represented nearly 60% of the compromised records, according to the center.

Government/military ranked third on the list, accounting for 11.1% of the overall breaches and 14.3% of the compromised records, according to the center, whose list of data breaches is a compilation confirmed by various media sources and/or notification lists from state governmental agencies.

Montana officials said Tuesday that 1.3 million people will be notified regarding an incident where hackers gained entry to a Department of Public Health and Human Services computer server, although there is no knowledge that information on the server was used inappropriately or accessed.