Study shows increase in online information thefts

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The number of Americans who say they’ve had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

According to the January survey, 18 percent of respondents have had personal data stolen, such as their Social Security number or credit card or bank account information. That was up from 11 percent in a July 2013 Pew survey.

The percentage of respondents who had an online account compromised or taken over without their permission — such as for e-mail or social media — remained flat at 21 percent.

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