Hacking into personal data A record number of data breaches reported so far this year. (Source: Shutterstock)

The year 2019 is on track to be the worst year on record for data breaches, according to new numbers from cyber analytics firm Risk Based Security.

The Richmond, Va.-based firm reported that during the first quarter of the year, 1,903 publicly disclosed data compromise events occurred, exposing over 1.9 billion records. Compared to the first quarter of 2018, that represented a 56% increase in the number of reported breaches and a 29% increase in the number of exposed records. About 14% of data breaches during the first quarter of 2019 occurred in the finance and insurance sector, the report said.

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