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Almost 100k Americans fell victims to credit card fraud in 2021 Q3
Data extracted and analyzed by Atlas VPN reveals that 97 thousand Americans were the victims of credit card fraud in Q3 2021. This type of identity theft most commonly victimized people ages 30-39.
Americans lost a record $3.5bn to cybercrime in 2021 YTD
The wave of cybercrime is plowing throughout America with the biggest damages in history. Atlas VPN extracted data from publicly available government sources and found that US citizens already lost $3.49 billion to cybercrime throughout the first three quarters of 2021.
86% of hacks in Google Cloud were used for illegal crypto mining
Many successful attacks on the cloud infrastructure are due to poor cybersecurity measures and a lack of control implementations. Without robust protection, cloud services can become easy targets for hackers to launch various cyberattacks.
Over 100 million Windows-targeted malware developed in 2021 alone
According to data analyzed and presented by Atlas VPN, 2021 marks a record year for the development of new Windows malware. Even though 2021 has another month to go, cybercriminals have already developed a whopping 107.28 million unique threats targeted at Windows devices.
Businesses under rising ransomware attack threats ahead of Black Friday
Retailers are preparing for the discount season ahead by setting up deals and their marketing strategies. However, they should not overlook their preparedness for different types of cyberattacks, as cybercriminals get more intense in this season as well by exploiting vulnerabilities left on e-commerce sites.
VPN-related media coverage grows by 43% in 2021
Data extracted and compiled by Atlas VPN reveals that the average number of VPN-related pages published monthly grew by 43% in 2021 YTD compared to 2020.
Number of DDoS attacks globally hit record heights in Q3 2021
Data presented by Atlas VPN reveals that the total number of DDoS attacks climbed by roughly 24% in Q3 2021, reaching record levels globally. Also, the total number of smart attacks (sophisticated DDoS attacks that are frequently targeted) increased by 31%.
Social media attacks increased by 83% year-to-date
Now more than ever, threat actors rely on several attack channels to steal from customers and harm businesses. As more people are starting to use social media, cybercriminals see it as another opportunity to benefit.
Over 60% of global ransomware attacks are directed at the US and UK
Criminals use ransomware as a weapon to damage businesses or countries' cybersecurity and obtain critical information. Since the United States is one of the most powerful countries, it is a perfect target to launch cyberattacks.