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U.S. breaches are on a record pace, again, following a record-breaking 2016, according to a report from the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center and Providence, R.I.-based CyberScout (formerly IDT911).

The number of U.S. data breaches tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year high of 791. This represents a significant jump of 29% over 2016 figures during the same period. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37% annual increase over 2016, when breaches reached a record high of 1,093 incidents. The breaches so far exposed 12,389,462 reported records.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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