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Social media threats for payment services jump over 550% in 2021 Q2
According to data presented by Atlas VPN, social media attacks on payment services increased by 561.8%, comparing 2021 Q1 to 2021 Q2. Social media platforms have many weak points that allow threat actors to carry out various types of internet crime.
43% of all malware downloads are malicious office documents
Even though infecting office documents with malware has been established for a long time, it is still very successful at tricking people. After creating a malicious macro on office documents, threat actors send the infected file to thousands of people via email and wait for possible victims. Macro is a series of commands bundled together to accomplish a task automatically.
50% of companies targeted by same hackers in repeat attacks
If a criminal attacked you, you would probably do everything at your disposal to make sure that the same incident would never happen again. Interestingly, it seems that not all companies learn from their mistakes.
Social engineering attacks were responsible for the majority of business breaches in 2020
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, social engineering cyberattacks were the primary cause of company breaches in 2020 at 14%, followed by advanced persistent threats and ransomware. As a result, learning to prevent social engineering attacks needs to be a top priority for businesses.
DeFi related hacks account for 76% of all major hacks in 2021
Decentralized finance (DeFi) is a system that allows for financial products to become available on a public decentralized blockchain network. Instead of going through intermediaries such as banks or brokerages, buyers, sellers, lenders, and borrowers can interact peer to peer through DeFi when facilitating transactions.
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).