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Ministries of Foreign Affairs most targeted in the credential harvesting campaign
Some threat actors work for the state, and their job is to target other countries’ government administrations with cyberattacks. By doing so, hackers can steal sensitive classified information, which might be essential to the Ministries of the attacked country.
Interest in keyword ‘cybersecurity’ on Google Search hits an all-time high
Cybersecurity lately has become a hot topic for many governments and businesses around the world. Cybercriminals used the pandemic and remote work to launch cyberattacks against unprepared organizations, suddenly making big headlines and getting everyone’s attention.
A record 5.4 million DDoS attacks were reported in H1 2021
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, cybercriminals launched nearly 5.4 million Distributed Denial of Service attacks in the first half of 2021 — an 11% increase compared to the first half of 2020.
TikTok was the most often forged app linked to Covid-19 in 2021 H1
With 732 million users worldwide, TikTok, a trending video-sharing platform, is one of today's most popular social media networks. During the lockdown, the app's short and amusing videos drew a lot of attention, but it was not long before cybercriminals took advantage of TikTok's fame for their own gain
Crypto miners were the most detected malware family in H1 2021
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, cryptocurrency miners were the most common malware family, with 74,490 such threats detected in the first half of 2021.
US online searches for ‘Facebook account hacked’ surge 93% YTD, almost double 2020 figure
Facebook has had its fair share of security mishaps over the years, and 2021 is no exception. This may explain why a record number of people in the United States are scouring the web for information about Facebook account hacks.
Google and Microsoft accumulated the most vulnerabilities in H1 2021
Cybercriminals are constantly attempting to exploit vulnerabilities that affect as many people as possible to maximize their profit opportunities. While companies rush to fix flaws in their software with updates, users who forget to install the newest version can become prime targets for cyberattacks.
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.