A Data Breach is where data held by a company, service, website has been exposed, leaked or accessed by unauthorized people / computers.
Typically data breaches occur through and because of insecure websites or internet servers.
Hackers attempt to break into the databases & computer systems of companies all across the world for many reasons, but the key one is user data. All companies and industries are susceptible, as well as organizations big and small.
Internet users are becomingly more and more aware of data breaches as companies are forced to report them quickly by new global regulations.
Data is valuable to industry competitors and thieves who buy and sell personal and company information on the darknet.