News of data breaches at big retailers like Target dominated the headlines in 2013, and in New York the breaches hit a record high, according to a new report from the state attorney general's office. The report released Tuesday by Eric Schneiderman's office reveals that a record-setting 7.3 million records belonging to New Yorkers were exposed in 2013 through more than 900 data breaches. The major breaches at Target and LivingSocial helped push the figures to the bleak record high, the report states. Overall, the numbers have risen steeply over a short period: the number of data breach notices sent to Schneiderman's office tripled from 2006 to 2013. The incidents cost the public and private sectors in New York a total of $1.37 billion in 2013 alone.
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