The increasing number of cyber attack in 2017 alone proved that additional layers of security is necessary. PoodleCorp, Lizard Squad and Hacking-For-Hire are the companies behind sophisticated attacks. They are known for targeting various platforms such as Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox and other gaming giants.
There are also other serious types of cyber attacks and businesses were in panic mode. The most notable attack was Wannacry, which affected thousands of organisations in May 2017. The massive attack turned away patients and even led to the cancellation of surgeries.
The charges against Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp members are the latest in a string of cybersecurity stories that dominated headlines in 2017. The year that’s now drawing to a close brought some of the most serious cybersecurity events in history, including these notables:
- WannaCry (May 2017): One of the largest ransomware attacks in history, WannaCry caused billions in damage and affected more than 100,000 organizations in 150 countries—including hospitals in England, which were forced to turn away patients and cancel surgeries during the attack. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration publicly blamed North Korea for being behind the massive attack, with governments in Australia and the U.K. following suit. North Korea’s response? “Prove it.”
- Petya/Not Petya (June 2017): Hot on the heels of WannaCry, the Petya/Not Petya malware attack affected networks around the world. Although it hit Maersk, a Danish shipping company, Merck, a U.S. pharma company and Rosnoft, a Russian oil company, experts believe it was actually a masked attack at Ukraine, which has faced a series of cyberattacks and was hit particularly hard by Petya/Not Petya.
- S. Voter Records (June 2017): Personal information of more than 200 million U.S. registered voters was exposed online because of a security setting improperly configured at Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics.
- Russian social media meddling (Summer-Fall 2017): In September, Facebook identified more than 450 accounts linked to a Russia-based troll group that worked to stir up political unrest online around the U.S. presidential election. More than 126 million users saw the content; Facebook recently launched a tool to help you determine if you were one of them.
- Equifax (September 2017): In September, a hack in Equifax’s system jeopardized the safety of 143 million customers’ personal information. Social security numbers, addresses, and more than 209,000 credit card numbers were stolen, along with nearly 190,000 credit dispute files.
- Uber Data Breach (November 2017): In October 2016, data was stolen from 57 million Uber users. However, the global rideshare company waited more than a year to disclose the massive data breach—putting it in hot water with consumers as well as the U.S. government, which is currently investigating the incident.
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