Hack attacks top cause of data breaches, study says

Friday - 1/13/2012, 8:21am EST

Hack attacks were the leading cause of data breaches in the Unites States last year.

A new study from the Identity Theft Resource Center, found hack attacks topped their list, accounting for 40 percent of breaches. Information Week reports, that was followed by data lost while being physically transferred from one location to another. Researchers looked at the 419 breaches that were publicly disclosed in the United States in 2011.

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