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More than 9 million New Yorkers were victims of data breaches in 2017 — quadrupling the number in 2016, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.
The majority of the data breaches involved Social Security numbers exposed. Those hacks accounted for 40% of the 9.2 million personal records accessed illegally in 2017.
“Data breaches can cause personal crises for New Yorkers every time they happen — driving down credit scores and destroying financial lives,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
The state’s top cop plans to introduce legislation that would force Facebook and other social media sites to alert his office and New York online users when they discover that someone’s personal information was stolen and abused.
The majority of breaches were due to hacking. But 25% of them were simply tied to sloppy tech practices.
Most of those breaches were tied to the Equifax hack, “which compromised the Social Security numbers of over 145 million people in the United States, including 8,447,840 in New York,” Schneiderman’s office said.
The other big breaches occurred at the Online Traffic School, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Spiraledge, Inc.