Q3 Data Breach Analysis

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) released its U.S. data breach findings for the third quarter (Q3) of 2022. According to the Q3 2022 Data Breach analysis:

  • There were 474 publicly-reported data compromises in the Quarter, a 15 percent increase compared to Q2 this year. However, the year-to-date (YTD) number of compromises (1,291) is only 69 percent of the year-end total in 2021, making a record-high number of compromises in 2022 unlikely.


  • The number of victims jumped 210 percent in Q3 2022 over Q2 2022, partly due to an AT&T-related breach (23M victims) and a Neopets data compromise (69M victims), which account for more than half of the YTD victim count.
  • The number of data breach notices with no information about the root cause of the compromise increased for the fourth consecutive quarter to 199 of the 419 breaches reported in Q3. Concern continues to grow that this trend will move into 2023. 

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