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FBI reports 12x surge in phishing complaints over the past 5 years
Atlas VPN's analysis reveals that phishing in the US soared over 12 times in the last five years, hitting a record 241,342 complaints in 2020. This data is provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) branch called Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
How does browser fingerprinting work?
Browser fingerprinting is a web-tracking method that remembers and identifies users according to their devices. It is one of the data…
macOS malware development surged by over 1,000% in 2020
According to the Atlas VPN investigation, the development of macOS malware surged by 1,092% in 2020. To be exact, 674,273 new malware samples were found in 2020, when there were only 56,556 samples detected in 2019.
More than 16 million Covid-related cyber threats were detected in 2020
The year 2020 will be forever remembered for the Covid-19 pandemic, which swiftly overtook the world and altered our lives forever. The pandemic has also affected the cybersecurity landscape — a new wave of cyber threats emerged where criminals leveraged Covid-19 to launch attacks.
What is PPTP? The obsolete protocol explained
Point-to-Point Tunneling (PPTP) is now a mostly obsolete network protocol, outranked by more reliable counterparts like IKEv2 or OpenVPN…
99% of US government employees run outdated Android OSs
A staggering 99.2% of US government Android users run outdated operating systems, exposing themselves to hundreds of vulnerabilities. These figures are a massive concern since government agencies store extremely sensitive information.
What is whitelisting?
Whitelisting is a trust-centric practice in cybersecurity. It usually refers to the creation of exceptions for a specific rule. Let’s say…
Over 140 thousand US federal employees exposed to phishing scams in 2020
Recent estimations by the Atlas VPN research team reveal that as many as 1.45 million US government employees were potentially exposed to mobile phishing scams from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.