Report Names Most, Least Vulnerable States for Identity Theft

The District of Columbia, Florida and Nevada are the most vulnerable to data breaches, while South Dakota, Hawaii and Maine are the least vulnerable, according to a new report from WalletHub.

WalletHub’s analysis compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia using nine key metrics, including examining identity theft complaints and cybercrime-related dollar losses per capita.

Among the findings:

Most Identity Theft Complaints per Capita

Missouri
Oregon
District of Columbia
Washington
Florida

Most Credit-Card Fraud Complaints per Capita

New York
Nevada
California
District of Columbia
Florida

Most Bank Fraud Complaints per Capita

Georgia
Nevada
California
District of Columbia
Florida

In the map below, the bluer the state, the less vulnerable it is, and the lighter the state, the more vulnerable it is.

Source: WalletHub

In 2015, a total of 690 breaches with access to more than 176 million records have occurred, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s most recent data breach report. Some of the largest and most-publicized hacks involved Anthem, CVS and the U.S. Office of Personnel, proving that even the government is not immune to hackers.

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