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Cybersecurity: Data Breaches


Data Breach

A data breach (also known as data spill or data leak) is unauthorized access and retrieval of sensitive information by an individual, group, or software system. It is a cybersecurity mishap that happens when data, intentionally or unintentionally, falls into the wrong hands without the knowledge of the user or owner. 

Data breaches are partly the result of the rising availability of data due to the increase of digital products, which has put an overwhelming amount of information in the hands of businesses. While some of the information is non-sensitive, a lot of it is proprietary and sensitive information about individuals and companies.


Quoted from:
Frankenfield, J. (2021, May 12). Data breach. Investopedia. 

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