It comes as no surprise to those working in the field of cyber resilience that there has been an increase in cyberattacks. Hackers are hacking, robbers are robbing, and, you guessed it, ransomers are demanding ransom. In other words, the industry of cybercrime is unquestionably expanding.
Let's examine some of the most major attacks according to MSSP Alert to date as we enter the second half of this year:
- Blockchain schmockchain. Cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com’s two-factor-identification (2FA) system was compromised as thieves made off with approximately $30 million.
- Still the one they run to. Microsoft’s ubiquity makes it a constant target. Earlier this year, the hacking collective Lapsus$ compromised Cortana and Bing, among other Microsoft products, posting source code online.
- Not necessarily the news. News Corp. journalist emails and documents were accessed at properties including the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and the New York Post in a hack tied to China.
- Uncharitable ways. The Red Cross was the target of an attack earlier this year, with more than half a million “highly vulnerable” records of Red Cross assistance recipients compromised.
- Victim of success. North Korea’s Lazarus Group made off with $600 million in cryptocurrencies after blockchain gaming platform Ronin relaxed some of its security protocols so its servers could better handle its growing popularity.
- We can hear you now. State-sponsored hackers in China have breached global telecom powerhouses worldwide this year, according to the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.
- Politics. Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo was breached twice this year as hacktivists exposed the records of donors to Canada’s Freedom Convoy.
- Unhappy Employee. Fintech powerhouse Block announced that a former employee accessed sensitive customer information, impacting eight million customers.
- Unhealthy habits. Two million sensitive customer records were exposed when hackers breached Shields Health Care’s network.
- They even stole the rewards points. General Motors revealed that hackers used a credentials stuffing attack to access personal information on an undisclosed number of car owners. They even stole gift-card-redeemable customer reward points.
Millions of unreported breaches and attacks put organizations at risk every day for everyone that makes headlines. The number of phishing attacks that have been reported is at an all-time high (more than a million in just the first quarter of this year) and was increasing as the quarter came to an end, with March 2022 breaking the previous record for attacks in a single month!
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