Data breaches spiked by 86 percent in 2016; with 1.4 billion records compromised

Upwards of 1.4 billion records were compromised during the last calendar year, researchers said Tuesday, indicating an 86 percent increase over 2015. A total of 1,792 separate breaches were reported worldwide in 2016, according to the annual Breach Level Index published Tuesday by Gemalto, a Dutch digital security company, in turn affecting the integrity of over…