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The Top 10 Security Breaches Of 2012

Here's a look back at the missteps, miscues and misapprehensions that led to a profitable year for cybercriminals.

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1. The Biggest Breach Of 2012: The Government Sector

Our top award for The Biggest Breach of 2012 goes to the government sector, which, according to Boston-based security vendor Rapid7, has reported 268 individual data breaches over a period of roughly three years. Yes, the South Carolina breach is called-out in our countdown, but the rest of the sector has plenty of room for improvement, too. In all, governments reportedly exposed more than 94 million records containing personally identifiable information. The data reveals that the number of breaches has continued to escalate each year since 2009. And, it's expected that the likely tally for 2012 will actually double the number from 2011. In addition to hacking incidents, the numbers include unintended disclosure, the loss or theft of portable devices and physical loss of devices.

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