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    Over 17 Billion Personal Accounts Leaked Worldwide Since 2014

    Data breaches have become an increasingly prevalent threat globally, with a staggering 17 billion personal accounts compromised since 2014. This alarming figure represents a five-fold increase in data breaches in the first quarter of 2024 alone, compared to the same period in 2023.

    According to cybersecurity firm Surfshark, the number of leaked accounts surged from 81 million in Q1 2023 to a staggering 435 million in Q1 2024. The United States, Russia, and China were identified as the countries most affected by data breaches in 2024, highlighting the widespread nature of the issue.

    Lina Survila, a representative of Surfshark, expressed concern over the persistent threat of data breaches, emphasizing the need for heightened vigilance among internet users. Of the 17.2 billion accounts breached since 2004, approximately 6.5 billion were linked to unique email addresses, indicating a recurring issue of password reuse among users.

    In light of these findings, Survila urged individuals to create strong, unique passwords for each online account and to exercise caution when sharing personal information online. The consequences of data breaches can be severe, leading to identity theft, financial loss, and other forms of cybercrime.

    The impact of data breaches is felt worldwide, with the United States leading the list with three billion breached accounts since 2004. Russia follows closely behind with 2.4 billion breached accounts, highlighting the global nature of the threat.

    When analyzed on a per capita basis, Russia emerges as the most affected country, with 16.8 accounts breached per resident. The United States follows with nine accounts per resident, indicating the widespread impact of data breaches across different regions.

    The surge in data breaches underscores the urgent need for enhanced cybersecurity measures and user awareness. As cyber threats continue to evolve, it is crucial for individuals and organizations alike to prioritize cybersecurity and adopt best practices to protect sensitive information.

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