Wisconsin ranks 24th for data breaches costing millions of dollars

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WISCONSIN — More than 100 Wisconsin residents have had their personal data compromised since 2017, representing multimillion-dollar losses, according to a new analysis of FBI internet crime data.

In Wisconsin, 131 people who reported data breaches from 2017 to 2021 collectively lost $2,777,129. The number of victims has dropped by 70% in recent years, but the amount of money Wisconsin residents have been caught for has increased by about 40%.

Badger State ranks 24th in the number of data breach victims over the five-year period, according to an analysis by Forbes Advisor.

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According to Forbes Advisor, the five states with the most data breach victims and associated financial losses from 2017 to 2021 were:

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  1. California: 1,807 violations, representing $81,013,216 in losses.
  2. Texas: 1,587 violations, representing $48,592,966 in losses.
  3. Florida: 956 violations, representing $57,773,356 in losses.
  4. New York: 705 violations, representing $38,611,033 in losses.
  5. Illinois: 395 violations, representing $11,872,350 in losses.

The five costliest data breaches from 2017 to 2021 were:

  1. Compromised email accounts: 94,610 breaches, representing $7,527,098,098 in losses.
  2. Trust or love scam: 86,521 offences, representing $2,311,138,731 in losses.
  3. Investment data: 26,259 violations, representing $1,717,576,571 in losses.
  4. Non-payment/non-delivery (when sellers don’t get paid for items ordered online and consumers who buy online don’t receive orders they paid for): 361,972 violations, representing $950,596,596 losses.
  5. Real estate/rental: 55,296 violations, representing $944,761,963 in losses.

The top five types of data breaches from 2017 to 2021 were:

  1. Non-payment/non-delivery: 361,972 violations, representing $950,596,596 in losses.
  2. Worthless false leads: 275,423 breaches, representing $252,762 in losses.
  3. Extortion: 212,819 violations, representing $322,717,759 in losses.
  4. Personal data breach: 202,677 breaches, representing $938,506,733 in losses.
  5. Identity theft: 139,535 breaches, representing $526,526,217 in losses.

The FBI offers advice on protecting your computer, network, and personal information from these scams, as well as ransomware attacks, impersonation and phishing schemes, and online predators, which pose a growing threat to young people.

Reports can be made to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov for faster recovery of lost funds. The FBI also uses the reports for investigative and intelligence purposes.

Companies and other organizations that experience network or data breaches or ransomware attacks should report such incidents to the nearest FBI field office or to tips.fbi.gov.


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