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Identity Thefts Continue To Rise

The Identity Theft Resource Center released its ITRC 2008 Breach List showing that the number of identity thefts jumped from 446 in 2007 to 656 in 2008, an increase of 47%.

The main sources of those breaches?

Insider Theft (stolen by someone inside company)16.50%6.00%
Data on the Move (laptop, thumb drive, PDA, etc.)
Subcontractor (stolen or lost by second party)20.30%
Hacking (stolen by someone outside of company)
Accidental Exposure (inadvertent Internet/Web posting)

Source: Identity Theft Center

The number of course only includes those that were publicly reported. Many organizations still keep these incidents from the public.