12.6 million cases of personal information leaked in Japan in 2016, survey shows

Kyodo News reports:

Some 12.6 million cases involving the leak of personal information were confirmed or suspected in the nation last year due to cyberattacks against companies and other entities, a Kyodo News survey showed Monday, affecting roughly 1 in 10 people.

The figure marked a sixfold increase from the 2.07 million cases in 2015, with a massive personal data leak incident involving Japanese travel agency JTB Corp. owing much to the rise. The tally also showed that credit card information was often targeted.

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