The Verizon Data Breach Report 2012 (pdf) has been released. The information security industry owes Verizon gratitude for the amount of data Verizon has been able to assemble and analyze, and for making the results publicly available.
Unsurprisingly, the total number of records breached in 2011 was quite large. The majority of the breaches were motivated by "hacktivism" rather than illicit financial gains, but Verizon points out that serious criminals are still actively stealing data.
Regardless of the motivations by attackers, 2011 was a terrible year for the number of breaches and the amount of data lost.