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Cryptominers were the most-common malware family in 2021
Malware comes in many different types, and each works in a unique way to achieve its objective. However, all malware belongs to malicious software type and is actively working against your best interest.
Internet adoption worldwide surpasses 65% in 2022, led by North America
The internet has a significant impact on how people learn, communicate, conduct business, and go about their daily lives. The importance of the internet has particularly increased during the pandemic as many businesses, and educational institutions moved to remote work.
VPN usage in Russia skyrockets by 10,000% following Instagram ban
The new wave of VPN installs originating from Russia began on March 11, 2022, when the Russian government’s communication agency announced it would block Instagram in Russia beginning on March 14, 2022.
Nearly 90% of cyberattacks worldwide are targeting Russia or Ukraine
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has led to battles being fought not only on the battlefield but also in the digital world. While Russian hackers have a long history of state-sponsored cyberattacks, many white hat hackers and hacktivists globally are standing on the side of Ukraine and helping to fight cyber battles.
52% of women believe their gender is limiting their careers in the tech industry
Today we can celebrate many great women who have helped shape the tech world as we know it. From Katherine Johnson, a mathematician whose pioneering work at NASA was instrumental in the success of the first and subsequent US crewed space flights, to Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Girls Who Code, these and many other talented women continue to pave the way for others in tech. Nevertheless, women are still largely underrepresented in the tech industry and face many obstacles when pursuing a career in the field.
PayPal and Mastercard most impersonated in financial phishing schemes in 2021
Payment system and e-shop brands are especially targeted by cybercriminals, as such companies deal with a lot of sensitive information. Scammers create emails and websites that impersonate the top brands worldwide, in hopes of tricking victims to giving up their financial accounts or credit card information.
VPN demand in Russia surges by nearly 2,000% in a week
According to in-house aggregated Atlas VPN user data, Virtual Private Network (VPN) installs in Russia surged by 1,906% in the last few days. The interest in VPNs started to increase on February 16, 2022, after the first wave of cyberattacks against Ukraine occurred.
Atlas VPN hands out VPN subscriptions to support journalists in Ukraine
As we stand for freedom online and beyond, we wish to help journalists who risk their safety to provide the most accurate information to the public. Therefore, Atlas VPN will hand out Premium VPN subscriptions to journalists in Ukraine until the crisis is over.
Study: Amazon, DHL, and DocuSign most imitated brands in phishing emails
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, Amazon tops the list as the most impersonated brand in email phishing attacks in 2021 globally. In total, 17.7% of brand phishing emails used Amazon's brand name.