Cybersecurity has had an alarming year of headlines in 2017. Everything from record breaking data breaches to record breaking ransomware payments.
Here’s the top 8 cybersecurity headlines of 2017 so far.
1. Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected
Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information — including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver’s licenses. We’re still hearing details about this data breach unfold.
2. NotPetya – Another big malware attack ripples across the world
NotPetya Malware Attack Spreads Across the Globe. This large-scale ransomware attack hit 12,000 machines in 65 countries. At first glance it was coined as a new form of Petya ransomware, but researchers confirmed it was an entirely new strain. You may remember hearing about the shipping giant Maersk and the radiation monitoring systems at the site of the Chernobyl disaster being affected. Many other industries were impacted such as power grid companies, banks, the postal service, media outlets, and cell providers!
3. Crash Override Malware Causes Cybersecurity Alert
Th department of Homeland Security issued a cybersecurity alert after this Crash Override Malware was discovered. It is under investigation, and the NCCIC is sharing their information to help provide companies with detection and mitigation.
4. Department of Homeland Security Issues Cyber Alert
The department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an alert regarding a new cyber security threat. This alert notes that all systems behind a hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) interception product are potentially at risk.
5. IRS Issues Warning About W-2 Phishing Scam
A huge W-2 phishing scam targeted businesses, schools, nonprofits, and tribal organizations.
6. Reports of Canadian Data Breaches Expected to Increase
Canada has new privacy laws that require Canadian businesses to disclose more information about cyberattacks and be more proactive about disclosing potential risks that may leave them, vulnerable.
7. Company Pays $1 Million to Recover Files from Ransomware Attack
A South Korean web-hosting company paid a $1 million ransom to gain access back to their files of 3,400 customer websites and 153 Linux servers. Originally the amount of $4.4 million was requested, however a lower ransom was agreed to. This is the largest-know ransom amount ever paid!
8. WannaCry Attacks Wreak Havoc Across the Globe
WannaCry infected over 200,000 businesses in over 150 countries. Luckily, a killswitch was developed. However, this attack was a MAJOR wake-up call and a reminder to ensure you have the latest software patches installed.
9. Phishing Scam Infects Gmail Users
Gmail users were tricked into entering their Gmail credentials into a page prompted by a phishing link. The phishing email actually came from a trusted source but this time contained a fake link or attachment.
10. Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse
Verizon had an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server. The result, as many as 14 million customer records exposed.
11. Wi-Fi security protocol is said to be cracked, and we’re all in trouble
The Krack Attack is a newly discovered internet security flaw. It’s a bug so vicious that it can cut through secured Wi-Fi networks in homes and businesses.
12.Why the Krack Wi-Fi Mess Will Take Decades to Clean Up
Wi-Fi encryption has sent the entire tech industry scrambling; the so-called Krack attack affects nearly every wireless device to some extent, leaving them subject to hijacked internet connections.
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