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Cybercrime caused over $25 billion in damages globally since 2015
According to an analysis by Atlas VPN, cybercrime damages across the world reach $25.4 billion since 2015. Newsfeeds around the world have been buzzing with various high-profile cyber incidents for the better part of the decade.
Ransomware attacks surge by over 150% in 2021
Businesses and people around the world suffer ransomware attacks every day. Exceptionally since the pandemic started, we hear more and more about hackers abusing vulnerabilities.
Global VPN downloads surpass 600 million in 2021 H1
According to data based on the VPN Adoption Index by Atlas VPN, Virtual Private Network (VPN) downloads sky-rocketed to 616 million in the first half of 2021 from 85 selected countries.
US military personnel lost over $822 million to scams since 2017
According to research conducted by Atlas VPN, US military members lost $822.1 million to different types of internet crime between 2017 and June 30, 2021. Military personnel filed more than 836,374 reports of fraud, identity theft, and other consumer concerns with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
45% of offers selling corporate network access on the dark web cost less than $1K
The cybercriminal market has evolved and changed in the past year due to the pandemic. Many new people started to flood the market, trying to earn a quick buck off people and organizations, which did not establish a reliable security system.
Crédit Agricole, Facebook, and Microsoft are the most impersonated brands in URL phishing attacks
Criminals continue to impersonate well-known brands to trick people into giving up their personal information.
65% of all DDoS attacks target US and UK
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are common for cybercriminals who want to disrupt online-dependent businesses. As the pandemic made many people move to remote work and online life, hackers saw it as an opportunity to benefit.
Average data breach cost surpasses $4 million in 2021, record growth of 10% YoY
According to data presented by Atlas VPN, the average financial damages caused by a data breach grew around 10% year over year to $4.24 million in 2021. This is the highest increase in a single year since the start of the reporting period in 2015.