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Data breaches in 2018 (Image: Shutterstock).

Last year was the second most active year for publicly disclosed breaches, according to a new report by Richmond, Virginia-based breach-intelligence firm Risk Based Security.

Through December 31, there were 6,515 reported breaches, which was a 3.2% decrease from 2017. In 2018, breaches exposed about five billion records — about 36% fewer than in 2017. Twelve breaches in 2018 exposed 100 million or more records, Risk Based Security said.

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