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Three Cybersecurity Attacks You Probably Didn’t Know About

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Cyberattack numbers keep on rising, and in 2016 alone, 758 million attacks occurred according to KasperskyLab. With numbers like this and a cyberattack occurring every 40 seconds, it wouldn’t be surprising to see 2019 break records in terms of malicious cyber activities. With all of these attacks happening, you’ve probably read about some significant companies dealing with these unfortunate events. Such events include the Sony breach of 2011 and the Target attack of 2013, but there have been some pretty major security breaches that have occurred that you might not have heard off.

Cybersecurity companies exist to neutralize these threats, but sometimes cybercriminals find a way to break through if cybersecurity methods aren’t appropriately utilized. Here are three cybersecurity attacks that you probably haven’t heard of.

Alteryx Data Leak

In December of 2017, a marketing analytics firm left an unsecured database online, leading to the public exposure of sensitive information belonging to around 123 million U.S. households. The data which was leaked included 248 fields of information for every household, and the information ranged from addresses and income to ethnicity and personal interests. Other details included contact information, financial histories, mortgage ownership and even information regarding a household’s pets. The leak, however, excluded names.

South Korean Credit Card Theft

One-hundred million credit cards were stolen over several years in South Korea, and cybersecurity companies, along with the rest of the country, weren’t aware of this until January of 2017. At that same time, 20 million bank accounts had also been hacked. In fear of having their bank accounts cleared out, more than two million South Koreans had their credit cards blocked or replaced.

When cybersecurity companies looked into this, they found that an employee of the Korea Credit Bureau (KCB), a solvency company, was behind the theft. They had been selling the personal data to credit traders and telemarketing companies by stealing personal information and copying it into an external hard drive.

Hold Security Russian Breach

In August of 2014, it was revealed by IT security company Hold Security that Russian hackers had stolen over 1.2 billion logins and passwords on over 420,000 websites across the globe. It was speculated that this could have been worse, allowing the hacker group “CyberVox” to access 500 million email accounts. Luckily, this attack didn’t have any significant consequences, with the information only being used in a massive spam campaign on social networks.

These are three large-scale cyberattacks you may not have heard of, but it’s essential to be aware that these attacks can happen to any company at any time. Cybersecurity companies are ready to help fight off these online threats, and if you’re looking to protect your company give the cybersecurity experts at StratoZen a call.