By The Numbers
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With so many stories and warnings about cybercrime, data breaches, and identity theft, it's easy to get complacent. So we thought we'd put together just a small selection of statistics that show clearly what a big problem identity theft and cybercrime really are.

  • 5.9 billion data records have been lost or stolen since 2013 3.9 million records every day That works out to 166,089 every hour or 2,768 every minute.
  • The #1 motivation for breaches? Identity theft.
  • In 2018 there were an estimated 14.4 million victims of identity theft in the U.S.
  • Identity theft has claimed more than 60 million victims over the last five years.
  • Identity theft currently claims about 1.2 million new victims every 30 days or one every two seconds.
  • Identity theft is the single biggest crime in America, claiming more victims than murder and attempted murder, assault, burglary, vehicle theft, arson, check fraud, shoplifting, purse snatching, and pick pocketing – combined.
  • Identity theft has cost businesses and consumers an average of $35,000 every sixty seconds over the last 5 years.
  • In just the first half of 2018, nearly 1,000 data breaches exposed more than 3 billion more personal records.
  • According to Gemalto, more than 13.5 billion data records have been exposed or stolen since 2013 with identity theft being the leading type of data breach.
  • The average cost of a data breach in 2020 will exceed $150 million (Juniper).
  • There are currently more than 880 million different types of known computer viruses or malware.
  • 95% of successful cyber attacks succeed because of human error (Symantec)