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California data breaches hit 21.3 million accounts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California attorney general's office says businesses and government agencies in the state have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years.

That has led Attorney General Kamala Harris to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

Harris on Thursday announced that the California Department of Justice will begin playing a more active role in advising employers about cybersecurity. In doing so, she released a new cybersecurity guide for businesses.

Her office also said it will be taking the lead on a previously announced state-level investigation into the recent data breaches at retailers Target and Neiman Marcus.

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