Verizon Business has released their 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report [pdf] and an accompanying blog post.

2008 was a crazy year in the world of data breaches… The percentage of breaches in our caseload involving financial service organizations, targeted attacks, and customized malware all doubled in 2008. It’s sure to win me the “Captain Obvious Award” from the Securitymetrics list, but organized crime activity increased and was responsible for over 90% of the 285 million records compromised.

The report is sure to be a good read. We linked last year’s report, and this year’s report has some improvements–it is based on more data was collected more often, and goes into a lot more detail than the previous report. 285 million is a lot of compromised records. Wonder if mine was one of them.