Data breaches are on the rise for all kinds of businesses, including retailers.
At least 20 consumer companies reported data breaches since January 2018. Many of them were caused by flaws in payment systems either online or in stores.
A report published by cybersecurity firm Shape Security showed that 80-90% of the people who log in to a retailer's e-commerce site are hackers using stolen data. This is the highest percentage of any sector examined in the report.
These data breaches are a real danger for both companies and customers, as they can damage the trust shoppers have in brands.
According to a study by KPMG, 19% of consumers said they would completely stop shopping at a retailer after a breach, and 33% said they would take a break from shopping there for an extended period.
But one expert from a personal virtual network service provider said that he's worried about the ultimate fallout from all these breaches.
"Due to frequent cyber-attacks and data leaks, people are becoming less attuned to privacy risks," Daniel Markuson, a digital privacy expert from NordVPN, said in a statement. "This may lead to a careless attitude towards their own personal safety, and that would mean more severe damage for all internet users."
Here are the consumer and retail companies that have suffered a data breach since January 2018: