The amount of information exposed due to data breaches has hit a terrifying new high-water mark, according to findings released this week from Richmond, Virginia-based cyberanalytics firm Risk Based Security.  

Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, there were 2,227 publicly disclosed data breaches and they exposed more than 6 billion records, according to a mid-year report by the company. And although the number of breaches midway through 2017 is roughly the same as the first six months of 2015 and 2016, the total number of records compromised in the first half of 2017 is already higher than all of 2016, it said.

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