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Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts


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Artist's impression of a data breach.

Most of the 413 people asked by researchers about breaches that involved their own personal information for a new study were unaware of them.

Credit: University of Michigan News

Most data breach victims do not realize their personal data has been exposed in five breaches on average, according to a study by an international team of researchers.

Investigators at the University of Michigan, George Washington University (GW), and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology showed 413 participants facts from up to three breaches involving their personal information, and 74% said they were unaware of the breaches.

Most victims blamed their personal habits for the problem—like using the same password for multiple accounts—while just 14% blamed it on external factors.

GW's Adam Aviv said, "The fault for breaches almost always lies with insufficient security practices by the affected company, not by the victims of the breach."

From University of Michigan News
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