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Americans report 168k imposter scam cases amounting to $300m in losses YTD
According to data extracted and analyzed by Atlas VPN, the United States residents reported 168,818 imposter scam cases amounting to $299.9 million in losses in the first half of 2020.
Hackers earned nearly $45 million from bounties in the last 12 months
In popular culture, hackers are often associated with bad guys. However, just as there are criminal hackers, there exist ethical hackers who help organizations find security vulnerabilities. According to data acquired by Atlas VPN, ethical hackers earned $44,754,742 million collectively from bug bounties in the last 12 months.
Gamers hit with over 14 million credential stuffing attacks daily
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN research team, gamers are hit with 14.02 million credential stuffing attacks daily. A successful credential abuse attack steals the victim's account and puts the owner's credit card information as well as in-game assets at risk.
Newly founded cybersecurity startups raise over $31 million in 2020
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, there are 78 new cybersecurity companies founded in 2020 that cumulatively have raised over $31.6 million in funding year-to-date.
India estimated to reach 1 billion internet users by 2025
According to data estimations calculated by the Atlas VPN research team, India is set to reach 1 billion internet users by the year 2025. As of 2020 YTD, there are over 687.6 million internet users in India.
FTC refunded over $11.45 billion to financial fraud victims
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN research team, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) refunded $11.45 billion to US consumers that were scammed by cybercriminals. As many as 7.04 million individuals received a refund from the FTC since its inception.
Australians and Danes afraid of cyber attacks more than Covid-19
The year 2020 presented us with a new challenge—Covid-19, which has impacted the majority of the world. Nevertheless, according to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, 70% of Australians and 66% of Danes named cyber attacks as the primary threat to their countries when asked about top global risks.
US political ad spend on Google exceeds $384 million in the last 2 years
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN research team, US political advertisement spend on Google, YouTube, and partner outlets exceed $384.94 million in the past 2 years. In total, there were 414,285 political ads on Google targeting US citizens since May 30, 2018.
Belarus registers over 2.1 million cyber attacks in the last 31 days — 19% of all threats in Europe
As political tensions are growing in Belarus, so are the cyber threats. According to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, Belarus faced 2,125,592 cyber attacks in the last 31 days —that is 68,567 attacks per day on average. Cyber attacks directed at Belarus make up 19.02% of all the cyber threats aimed at Europe, placing Belarus in the number one spot in the continent.