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Over 300 million individuals affected by the US data leaks in 2020

The year 2020 was full of challenges. The global pandemic threatened our health and digital safety as cybercriminals took advantage of the worldwide uncertainty for a quick gain.

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Australians lost a record $176 million from 216 thousand scams in 2020

Scam damages in Australia have been steadily growing in the last 4 years. However, last year’s losses surged by more than two times. The reason being, millions of people shifted towards remote work and, in turn, created many new attack vectors for cybercriminals.

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Generation Z is one of the most concerned about sharing their location data with the government

It is no secret that tech companies have shared their user information with governments in the past. This makes many Americans feel uncomfortable with how their data is handled.

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Over 150 US election-related mobile apps found to be dangerous or malicious

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to turn to the internet for information about the elections. Moreover, a large part of the population voted digitally. This shift created countless new attack vectors for cybercriminals. According to data presented by Atlas VPN, over 152 US election applications have infringement issues and 16 mobile apps have malicious code within them.

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Global VPN downloads surge to 277 million in 2020, Arab countries lead

According to data based on the VPN Adoption Index by Atlas VPN, Virtual Private Network (VPN) downloads reached 277 million in 2020, from 85 selected countries. A Virtual Private Network hides the user's real IP address and encrypts his browsing traffic. In turn, these changes prevent nosy 3-rd parties such as hackers, ISP (Internet Service Provider), or even the government from tracking the user’s online activities.

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Ransomware accounts for 81% of all financially motivated cyberattacks in 2020

Ransomware is a type of malicious attack where a criminal encrypts sensitive information, which can be regained if ransomware is paid. Looking at the data from last year, it is clear that this type of cyberattack is by far the most common attack vector.

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55% of Americans more worried about getting hacked than being murdered

According to the Atlas VPN investigation, US citizens worry much more about becoming a victim of identity theft (or getting hacked) than getting murdered. With headlines being dominated by government security breaches, data leaks, and similar cybersecurity issues, the concerns seem to be justified.

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A record 2 million phishing sites reported in 2020, highest in a decade

The year 2020 was a rollercoaster ride. With people shifting to remote work due to the pandemic, cybercriminals saw this as an opportunity and became more active than ever.

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Blockchain hackers stole $3.8 billion in 122 attacks throughout 2020

The year 2020 was challenging for cybersecurity and the world in general. The global pandemic did not only threaten our physical health but also gave way to a new wave of cyberattacks endangering our digital lives.

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