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Weekly News Digest

April 17, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Pew Report Notes Increase in Online Information Theft

The Pew Research Center released survey results that show an increase in the number of internet users who have had personal information, such as a Social Security number, credit card information, or bank account information stolen as a result of online activities (18% of respondents, up from 11% last year). The largest percentage of increases occurred among respondents aged 18–29 and aged 50–64.

Social network and email hacking affected the same percentage of people as last year, with 21% of respondents from 2013 and 2014 saying that an online account had been compromised.

Pew surveyed 1,002 adults in January, before the discovery of the Heartbleed bug that might increase these percentages for next year. Of the respondents, 820 were internet users. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 4%.

Source: Pew Research Center

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