Data breaches, led by USPS, OPM, cost governments $26 billion

Data breaches by local, state and federal agencies over the past eight years cost governments some $26 billion, according to a new report.

The U.S. Postal Service and the Office of Personnel Management had a combined nearly 82 million records compromised in the two largest all-government data breaches since 2014, according to the report compiled by Comparitech, a consumer-aid website that conducts research uncovering cyber security breaches.

The report, which analyzed breaches from a variety of sources, found that across all levels of government, 175 million records were affected in 822 individual incidents nationwide. The USPS and OPM breaches ranked first and second in major disclosures of information among data breaches by state, local and federal governments in the study period.

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