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Coakley: 1 Of 3 Mass. Residents Victim Of Data Breaches

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BOSTON (AP) — The attorney general’s office says the personal information of about two million Massachusetts residents, or about one out of every three people who live in the state, has been compromised through electronic data breaches in the past 20 months.

Attorney General Martha Coakley on Tuesday released a breakdown of notices it has received in response to a 2007 state law that requires all companies doing business in Massachusetts to inform consumers and state regulators about security breaches that might result in identity theft.

The law was passed in response to a massive data breach at retailer TJX Cos.

She said nearly 1,200 data breaches have been reported, about a quarter of which were the result of intentional hacking.

Data breaches involved information from names and addresses to medical histories.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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