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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99% of US government employees run outdated Android OSs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.
US and Russia account for 54% of global spam volume within last 180 days
Everyone that owns digital mailboxes has encountered annoying spam emails that show up unsolicited. But have you ever wondered where they come from?
37 billion data records leaked in 2020, a growth of 140% YOY
According to the data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team based on the 2020 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report by Risk Based Security, the number of leaked data records worldwide hit a whopping 37 billion in 2020. It is a 140% increase from 15 billion records in 2019.
UK's cybersecurity firms hit over $12 billion in 2020 revenue
Atlas VPN research team found that in the 2020 financial year, online security companies in the UK raked in nearly 8.88 billion GBP which is equivalent to 12.51 billion US dollars, a 7% increase from last year's 8.3 billion GBP (11.69 billion USD).
59% of Canadian organizations deployed VPNs to combat cyberattacks in 2020
Last year was challenging for organizations on many levels. Due to the global pandemic, many businesses were forced to close, while some shifted to remote work, which opened new opportunities for cybercriminals. This situation pressed organizations to look for new ways to improve their cybersecurity practices.