Data breach activity declines sharply in 2018

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The number of data breaches disclosed in the first three months of this year fell to 686 compared to 1,444 breaches reported in the same period of 2017, according to a new report. This still represents the exposure of some 1.4 billion records, although this figure too is down from 3.4 billion in the same quarter last year. The study from Risk Based Security also shows a shift in tactics. The spike in the value of cryptocurrencies that took place in January fueled a rapid expansion into the theft of computing resources. “We knew we were seeing less activity than prior…

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