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Romance scams cost Americans almost $350 million in 2021
Atlas VPN analysis reveals that heartbroken victims lost upwards of $343 million in the first three quarters of 2021.
Crypto miners are the most common web threats with over 170K unique malicious URLs
Web threats affect every individual on every device linked to the internet. Web threats frequently infiltrate users’ networks without their knowledge and can be triggered by opening a spam email or clicking on an executable file attachment. Once they have infected the system, web threats travel throughout the internet, infecting other machines.
Almost 6 billion accounts affected in data breaches in 2021
The year 2021 was record-breaking in terms of the sheer size of data breaches. According to the data collected and analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, 5.9 billion accounts were affected by data breaches throughout 2021.
Nearly half of ransomware attacks globally targeted the US in 2021
Ransomware in the hands of cybercriminals can become a powerful weapon that could cause your business financial and reputational damage. While some hackers only seek money in cyberattacks, others could also use ransomware to steal confidential government information.
GDPR fines hit over €1 billion in 2021
The European Union (EU) implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. The goal of this Act was to offer EU citizens more control over their data and privacy. Organizations that disobeyed the legislation were subjected to hefty fines, which keep increasing every year.
Almost 30% of identity crime victims have suffered from identity theft more than once
Falling victim to identity crime should make people more vigilant against future fraud. However, data suggest otherwise.
Hackers attacked businesses over 700 million times in last 30 days globally
According to data compiled and analyzed by Atlas VPN, threat actors attacked businesses more than 722 million times during the last 30 days worldwide. Over 73% of these hacking attempts were malware attacks.
Over $12 billion in crypto stolen in the past decade
Since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, the crypto industry’s technology has advanced significantly. Despite that, many crypto services have failed to build efficient security systems that would stop cybercriminals from exploiting flaws for personal gain at the expense of their victims. Besides, many bad actors have employed a variety of scams.
More than 40 million people had their health information leaked in 2021
A data breach comes with many negative consequences to the organization, such as financial and reputational losses. However, when cybercriminals launch attacks on health institutions, it puts in danger not only the organization but also patient lives.