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Global data breach stats

This page contains publicly available information about personal data that’s been copied, transmitted, viewed, and stolen from data holders, or otherwise illegally used since 2004.

14,921,884,267

Total number of breached accounts

Most accounts breached

Fewest accounts breached

What you need to know about the numbers

This data is updated periodically, so make sure to check the numbers once in a while if you quote them. That said, there are two important things you should know about these numbers:

  • Most people use the same email for different accounts when registering online. That’s why a single email or account can be breached several times in different cases and some numbers may seem so high (like 14.9B total breached accounts).
  • 31.5% of the total breached accounts did not contain information about a person’s country of residence. So the numbers of country-specific breaches are actually much higher than you see below.

Accounts get breached more than once

Since 2004, a total of 14.9B accounts have been breached and approximately 5.1B of them have unique email addresses. This means that on a global scale:

  • A single email address is breached 3 times on average.
  • 66 unique email addresses are breached per 100 people.
  • 191 accounts are breached per 100 people on average.

Countries with the highest number of breached accounts since 2004

Countries with a population of less than 1M people are not included

Country
Total breaches
Breached accounts per 100 people

1The U.S.

2,297,649,953
694

2Russia

2,173,268,542
1,489

3China

986,660,037
69

4Germany

426,651,956
509

5France

395,140,760
605
Full list of analyzed countries

American and Russian accounts are breached way more often than in other countries. Cases in these two countries make up for 30.0% of the total breaches worldwide:

  • The U.S. holds the highest number of breached accounts in the world. This makes up 15.4% of all breached email addresses globally. Leaked Russian email accounts make up a number - 14.6% of the total global breaches.
  • Russia has the highest number of breached accounts per 100 inhabitants. Statistically, the email address of every Russian account was breached around 15 times. This number is 7.8 times higher than the global average (191 breached accounts per 100 people).

Comparing breach numbers in 2022'Q1 and 2021'Q4

These tables show the top 3 countries that saw the biggest changes in the number of data breaches they suffered in 2022'Q1 compared to 2021'Q4.

Countries with a population of less than 1M people are not included

Quarterly change in
Country
Percentage increase
Breached accounts

1Hong Kong

723 %
273,084

2Russia

673 %
21,211,853

3Turkey

387 %
395,023
Quarterly change in
Country
Percentage decrease
Breached accounts

1Chile

−98 %
−681,851

2Israel

−97 %
−762,228

3South Korea

−94 %
−2,377,886

TOP 10 countries by leaked data points

Number of data points lost per capita

American and Russian accounts are exposed to cyber risks the most. The U.S. ranks 1st according to the number of data points leaked per capita, where a single person has lost 27 data points on average to breaches since 2004. Russia comes second with 23 data points per person. Australia ranks third with 13 data points per capita.

Number of data points leaked per account

A total of 48.6B data points have been exposed (14.9B of them have been email addresses) since 2004. On average, each email address is leaked with 2.3 additional data points.

Vietnamese, Iraqi, and Liberian accounts are breached with the most data points

Compromised Vietnamese email addresses have lost 4.6 data points on average. Together with their email, Vietnamese users lost 103.1% more data points to breaches than the global average. Iraqi and Liberian emails are breached with an average of 4.1 and 3.9 additional data points. This may suggest that users from these countries tend to fill in online forms more meticulously, putting more of their data in danger to be breached.

How data breaches compare across regions and countries

Countries with a population of less than 1M people are excluded when selecting the country with the most/fewest breaches.

Total breached accounts Breached accounts per 100 people Data points per breached account No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts
Global
Total breached accounts 14,921,884,267Breached accounts per 100 people 191Data points per breached account 2.3No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts 90
Total breached accounts 4,412,792,417Breached accounts per 100 people 589Data points per breached account 1.9No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts 116
Region with most breaches
Eastern Europe
Total breached accounts 2,529,333,710Breached accounts per 100 people 863Data points per breached account 1.6No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts 129
Region with least breaches
Northern Europe
Total breached accounts 377,496,268Breached accounts per 100 people 355Data points per breached account 2.9No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts 84
Country with most breaches
Russia
Total breached accounts 2,173,268,542Breached accounts per 100 people 1,489Data points per breached account 1.6No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts 133
Country with least breaches
Kosovo
Total breached accounts 109,669Breached accounts per 100 people 6Data points per breached account 3.3No. of passwords leaked per 100 breached accounts 68

People from Europe are 3 times more likely to suffer account data leaks than the global population

Breaches in Europe account for 29.6% of the total global breaches. To put this into perspective, a single person from Europe has gotten their online account details leaked around 6 times since 2004. However, not all the countries are exposed to cyber risks on the same level. Russia is the most targeted country, with 5 out of 10 breaches in Europe happening there.

Breached accounts’ QoQ analysis (2020-present)

2.2B accounts have been breached since the start of 2020

This accounts for 15.1% of the total global breaches that have happened since 2004. In turn, this has affected 12 out of 100 people globally each year.

Breach rates have been on the rise compared to the last quarter

In 2022'Q1, 304 accounts were being breached every minute. In the present quarter, however, breach rates are 6.7% higher, with 324 accounts being leaked every 60 seconds.

Quarter with the highest number of breaches over the last year

2021'Q3 had the most data breaches over the last year. 239.1M accounts were breached in total, which means that:

  • 1.8 times more quarterly breaches occurred than the yearly average (129.7M).
  • 3 out of 100 people in the world suffered account breaches in 2021'Q3.

Quarter with the lowest number of breaches over the last year

2022'Q1 had the fewest data breaches over the last year. 39.4M accounts were breached, which is:

  • 3.3 times fewer quarterly breaches than the yearly average (129.7M).
  • 6.1 times fewer than in 2021'Q3, the quarter with the highest number of breaches over the last year.

Countries affected by breaches most each quarter

Countries with a population of less than 1M people are not included