California Data Breaches Hit 21.3 Million Accounts

Source: Elizabeth Weise / USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO – California is one of the few state to requires companies to report data breaches involving 500 or more customers, and the numbers are going up.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday elevated cybersecurity to a major focus of the state’s top crime-fighting agency.

Retail breaches were the biggest problem in 2013. Data thefts at Target and LivingSocial, Inc., alone each affected about 7.5 million California customer accounts.

Overall, thefts from retailers were responsible for nearly three-quarters of the breaches affecting the 21.3 million accounts over a two-year period.

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