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Kansas and Rhode Island suffered the most identity thefts in 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people lost jobs in the United States. Fraudsters did not hesitate to use this panic to claim unemployment insurance instead of the ones that needed it the most, and some states were not prepared at all.
Blockchain hackers netted over $100 million in Q1 2021
Cryptocurrencies had a strong start this year, with crypto asset prices, such as Bitcoin (BTC), reaching record-heights. However, that caught the attention of cybercriminals.
Over 5 billion personal records were leaked in Q1 of 2021
In these times of technology, everybody that uses the internet has a lot of personal information online. However, vicious cybercriminals find weaknesses in huge companies which hold sensitive data about you, and with a blink of an eye, it could be all stolen away.
Americans lost $1.19 billion to imposter scams in 2020
Atlas VPN findings reveal that Americans lost $1.19 billion to imposter fraud in 2020, which is $613.8 million more than the previous year, representing a 106.56% increase.
83% of UK businesses face phishing attacks as threat's penetration looms
Due to more people working at home, phishing attacks have increased tremendously over the last year. Lack of cybersecurity in the home environment has made people more vulnerable to receiving fraudulent emails or being directed to deceiving websites.
Malware disguised as meeting apps spiked by 1,067% in 12 months
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the majority of people to move their work to their homes, which meant an unprecedented increase in online meeting application usage. Criminals did not overlook this fact and started to distribute malware using popular meeting applications as a lure.
Government most hit by ransomware attacks in 2020 followed by Banking
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, the government sector was the most affected by ransomware attacks in 2020, followed by Banking. In total, 50% of last year's ransomware attacks were directed at these industries among the top 10 most-targeted sectors.
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.