Up to 20 million Americans may become victims of a data breach this year, in one or more of an estimated 400 incidents.
A data breach happens when a hacker gains access to a computer
that contains personal records of individuals, or a disk or
other device containing records is lost or stolen.
These may be stored by a business or other organization - a
hospital for instance - and the records may hold information
ranging from simple contact details like home or email
addresses, to highly sensitive and confidential information
like credit card numbers and health records.
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