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Data leaks surge almost 500% at 27 billion amid pandemic
Data breaches exposing millions of personal records are becoming the new normal. Data leaks reached an all-time high, rising by 492% to a record 27 billion in the first half of 2020.
US military personnel lost over $379 million to scams in the last 5 years
According to Atlas VPN investigation, US Military personnel lost $379.6 million to various scams from 2015 through June 30, 2020. Military consumers made more than 680,000 reports about fraud, identity theft, or other consumer issues to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Cyberattacks on US companies skyrocketed by 93% in the last 12 months
Cybersecurity remains a hot topic for organizations today as cyberattacks directed at business organizations are on the rise. According to the Atlas VPN investigation, companies across North America reported a 93% increase in cyberattacks in the past 12 months.
2 million YouTube channels removed with 87% of channels promoting scams
According to Atlas VPN investigation, Google’s video platform YouTube removed 1.98 million channels between January and March of 2020. In 87.5% of the cases, the channels were terminated due to promoting scams, sending out spam, or posting misleading content.
Over 150,000 COVID-related fraud reports submitted to the US Government YTD
According to data analyzed by the Atlas VPN research team, Americans reported 152,129 coronavirus-related fraud cases since the start of the year. These reports reveal that citizens lost more than $97.39 million to COVID-19 and stimulus check scams.
Twitter Bitcoin scam reached over 37% of Twitter’s userbase
On July 15th, 2020, between 20:00–22:00 UTC, cybercriminals took over multiple high-profile Twitter accounts to promote a Bitcoin scam. Hackers sent out tweets asking people to send cryptocurrencies to a specified wallet, and in return, the sent amount would be doubled and returned to the sender.
Software M&A deals hit over $3 billion in Q2, 2020
According to data analyzed by the Atlas VPN research team, the total monetary value of software M&A deals reached $3 billion USD during the…
270 million malware attacks registered in the first quarter of 2020
Malware is dangerous as it can disrupt, disable, or take control of the users’ computer systems. Malware has evolved over the years and comes with different functionality depending on the goals of the cybercriminal.