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Attorney general: Data breaches exposed personal information of 9.2M New Yorkers in 2017

March 29, 2018 12:09 PM

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Rochester Thursday to release a new report on data breaches impacting New Yorkers. 

The attorney general released “Information Exposed: 2017 Data Breaches in New York State,” documenting the record number of data breach notices filed with his office in 2017.

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In 2017, companies and other entities reported 1,583 data breaches to the attorney general's office, exposing the personal information of 9.2 million New Yorkers – quadruple the number of New Yorkers impacted in 2016.

New Yorkers’ exposed information consisted of social security numbers, accounting for 40% records exposed, followed by financial account information, accounting for 33% of records exposed. Hacking was the leading cause of the data security breaches at 44%, with another 25% of breaches due to negligence. 

On Thursday, Schneiderman announced that he would introduce legislation to require Facebook and other social media sites to notify his office and New Yorkers when they learn that users’ personal data was obtained and misused in violation of the law or the platform’s terms of service.

Schneiderman also urged the State legislature to pass the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act), which was introduced by Schneiderman last fall and would close major gaps in the state's data security laws.

If you believe you have been victimized by a data security breach online, the attorney general's office recommends you change your user names and passwords immediately. 

For breaches involving credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other sensitive numbers, create an Identity Theft Report by filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and printing your Identity Theft Affidavit. You can call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338 or complete the form online.

Stay with News10NBC on-air and online for more on this developing story.

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