InformationWeek reports on the most significant data breaches of 2011. Citing a new report by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), the past year saw some of the largest data breaches in history. Though 535 breaches were officially reported in 2011, many go unreported. PRC Director Beth Givens said, "Because many states do not require companies to report data breaches to a central clearinghouse, data breaches occur that we never hear about." Identity Theft 911 Chairman and Founder Adam Levin said that "Gaming networks and similar sites are delicious targets" for cyber criminals. Additionally, breaches cost organizations millions of dollars, and, as one attorney said, "It is inevitable that the costs will be passed on" to the customer.
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