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IoT malware attacks worldwide surge by 66% to over 50 million in 2020
From wearables and baby monitors to defibrillators and industrial robots — Internet of Things (IoT) devices are slowly taking over our lives both in personal and business settings. However, so are cyber threats related to these devices.
FBI reports 12x surge in phishing complaints over the past 5 years
Atlas VPN's analysis reveals that phishing in the US soared over 12 times in the last five years, hitting a record 241,342 complaints in 2020. This data is provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) branch called Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
macOS malware development surged by over 1,000% in 2020
According to the Atlas VPN investigation, the development of macOS malware surged by 1,092% in 2020. To be exact, 674,273 new malware samples were found in 2020, when there were only 56,556 samples detected in 2019.
More than 16 million Covid-related cyber threats were detected in 2020
The year 2020 will be forever remembered for the Covid-19 pandemic, which swiftly overtook the world and altered our lives forever. The pandemic has also affected the cybersecurity landscape — a new wave of cyber threats emerged where criminals leveraged Covid-19 to launch attacks.
99% of US government employees run outdated Android OSs
A staggering 99.2% of US government Android users run outdated operating systems, exposing themselves to hundreds of vulnerabilities. These figures are a massive concern since government agencies store extremely sensitive information.
Over 140 thousand US federal employees exposed to phishing scams in 2020
Recent estimations by the Atlas VPN research team reveal that as many as 1.45 million US government employees were potentially exposed to mobile phishing scams from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
Over 100 million malware infections detected on Windows in 2020
Malware, a malicious software designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system, is one of the most common cyber threats computer users face today. While malware can affect any operating system, Windows users are among the most vulnerable.
Remote Desktop Protocol attacks surged by 241% in 2020
Due to remote-work, employees started using Microsoft’s client software called remote desktop protocol (RDP), which is used to access corporate resources remotely. Cybercriminals immediately saw this as an opportunity to hack into the company’s systems.