According to a study of all data breaches in 2013 (pdf), the health-care sector suffered the highest share of attacks last year, overtaking the business sector for the first time in almost a decade.
Here is a chart from the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that tracks data theft, summarizing the number of data breaches in 2013 by categories (e.g., banking, business, and healthcare):
While there’s no doubt the number of data breaches across sectors has increased, there is one caveat regarding the healthcare sector’s totals. In particular, The Wonkblog noted:
The health-care number may be distorted because of a 2013 federal regulation that requires companies to publicly report breaches affecting 500 or more people. So there’s more data out there on health-care breaches than there is on say, retail attacks. In fact, that’s a practice the retail industry is talking about standardizing right now.
The chart below illustrates the complete history of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program, along with Goldman Sachs’ forecast for how “QE3” will be wound down.
Source: Business Insider
Some of the largest natural resource exporters with floating exchange rates have seen their currencies come under significant pressure over the past year. The currency selloff was triggered, in part, by a decline in demand for natural resources and news of slower economic expansion in China.
Source: Credit Writedowns