When you think of hackers, your mind might jump to something like a Boris Grishenko (aka "that dude from Goldeneye") typing away on a keyboard one-handedly with virtuosic skill. A criminal mastermind. Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) paints a bit of a different picture, for last year at least; most of these guys don't even have to know what they're doing.
Ever year, Verizon breaks down data about the previous year's hacks and sifts through it to dig up all kinds of interesting tidits. In sheer numbers, 2012 saw over 47,000 reported security incidents , 621 confirmed data disclosures, and at least 44 million compromised personal records. 44 million might sound like a lot—and it is—but it's actually way down from 2011's lulz-fueled 174 million.