The Identity Theft Research Center reported that the United States saw 1,393 data compromises in the first half of 2023 – with 951 of those happening in the second quarter alone. Though data breach patterns can be difficult to predict, the Research Center projects the total number of breaches this year will exceed the previous record of 1,862 seen in 2021.

The effect of these cyber attacks on businesses trickles down to their clients, as well, and it's estimated that the 1,393 data compromises in the first half of the year affected over 156 million total victims.

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Brittney Meredith-Miller

Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of She can be reached at [email protected].