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Government documents and benefits fraud surged 45 times in 2020
Recent findings by Atlas VPN reveal that government documents or benefits fraud jumped 45 times in 2020. Most states have experienced a dramatic surge in fraudulent unemployment benefits claims filed by organized crime rings using stolen identities.
Microsoft and Zoom most impersonated brands at 80% in 2020 phishing attempts
It is no secret that cybercriminals often pretend to be someone they are not to lure out people's money or valuable information, and what can be better than a well-known and trusted brand?
Nearly one-fifth of CEOs see cybersecurity as the biggest threat to organizations' growth
Few events in the recent decades have impacted how we go about our daily lives or conduct business as much as Covid-19. When the global pandemic hit last year, many were forced to shift to remote work or transfer their business online, bringing about a wave of challenges.
Elderly people lost nearly $1 billion to Internet crime in 2020
According to Atlas VPN findings, Americans over 60 years old lost a staggering $966 million to various types of internet scams in 2020. Cybercriminals target victims over the age of 60 because they are believed to have significant financial resources.
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.