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More than 1 million unique phishing websites were detected in H1 2021
Phishing is one of the easiest cyber attacks to carry out and highly effective for defrauding victims of sensitive information. It may be why phishing attack numbers continue to rise.
Almost 40% of internet users globally don’t have internet freedom
As internet adoption continues to grow worldwide, more and more governments want to control what internet users can see and assert their authority over tech firms. These trends have resulted in a significant decrease in internet freedom and more restricted access to content.
Most damaging cybercrime services cost less than $500 on the dark web
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN research team, most damaging attacks, like ransomware kits and sophisticated targeted attacks, cost anywhere between $66 and $500.
Sophisticated attacks on the rise: streaming industry targeted the most
As internet security tools improve, hackers need to come up with more advanced attack technologies as well. Sophisticated automated attacks emulate human behavior to evade detection. They can imitate human keystrokes and mouse movements. Such bots can trick standard bot-detection tools through human workers.
Minecraft most malware-infected game on the market with 228k users affected
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, Between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, 303,827 individuals’ deivices were infected with gaming-related malware and unwanted software, with 69,244 files transmitted under the pretext of some of the most popular PC games worldwide.
Ministries of Foreign Affairs most targeted in the credential harvesting campaign
Some threat actors work for the state, and their job is to target other countries’ government administrations with cyberattacks. By doing so, hackers can steal sensitive classified information, which might be essential to the Ministries of the attacked country.
Interest in keyword ‘cybersecurity’ on Google Search hits an all-time high
Cybersecurity lately has become a hot topic for many governments and businesses around the world. Cybercriminals used the pandemic and remote work to launch cyberattacks against unprepared organizations, suddenly making big headlines and getting everyone’s attention.
A record 5.4 million DDoS attacks were reported in H1 2021
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, cybercriminals launched nearly 5.4 million Distributed Denial of Service attacks in the first half of 2021 — an 11% increase compared to the first half of 2020.
TikTok was the most often forged app linked to Covid-19 in 2021 H1
With 732 million users worldwide, TikTok, a trending video-sharing platform, is one of today's most popular social media networks. During the lockdown, the app's short and amusing videos drew a lot of attention, but it was not long before cybercriminals took advantage of TikTok's fame for their own gain
Crypto miners were the most detected malware family in H1 2021
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, cryptocurrency miners were the most common malware family, with 74,490 such threats detected in the first half of 2021.
US online searches for ‘Facebook account hacked’ surge 93% YTD, almost double 2020 figure
Facebook has had its fair share of security mishaps over the years, and 2021 is no exception. This may explain why a record number of people in the United States are scouring the web for information about Facebook account hacks.