MORE Alarming Cybersecurity Stats For 2021 ! (2023)

Earlier this year I wrote a FORBES article called “Alarming Cybersecurity Stats: What You Need To Know For 2021.” Alarming Cybersecurity Stats: What You Need To Know For 2021 (forbes.com) It included an assortment of stats on the increase in threats to our digital wellness as companies, governments, and consumers. The article was based on the backdrop of a spate of high-profile cyber-attacks such as Solar Winds, and Colonial Pipeline and had painted a dire assessment of the 2021 first half status of the cyber-threat ecosystem. Now we have reached the second half of 2021. Just when we thought it could not get much worse from a cybersecurity stat perspective, it did.

Better Cybersecurity

Americans Seem To Be Wakening Up To The Need for Better Cybersecurity

Let us start with a positive stat, it appears that in the U.S. most are finally waking up to the cyberthreats. Awareness is an important step! A poll by The Pearson Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that “about 9 in 10 Americans are at least somewhat concerned about hacking that involves their personal information, financial institutions, government agencies or certain utilities. About two-thirds say they are very or extremely concerned.”A significant reason while cybercrime and breaches are rising is that most people just view at as someone else’s problem. Securing our digital identities and data is everyone’s problem and it is a global one. Cyberattacks concerning to most in US: Pearson/AP-NORC poll (techxplore.com)

The Number of Data Breaches In 2021 Have Soared Past That Of 2020

More bad news in 2021, according to theIdentity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) The number of data breaches publicly reported so far this year has already exceeded the total for 2020, putting 2021 on track for a record year. Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the ITRC, said 2021 is just 238 breaches away from tying the record for a single year. “It’s also interesting to note that the 1,111 data breaches that the amount and quality of data being exfiltrated by hackers. from cyber-attacks so far, this year exceeds the total number of data compromises from all causes in 2020.”For me, the take-away is not the number. They are becoming more systematic in their targeting. Breach Volumes for 2021 Already Exceed 2020 Total - Infosecurity Magazine (infosecurity-magazine.com)

Here are some useful reference articles on cyber-attacks in 2021: 15 Biggest Cybersecurity Attacks in 2021 15 Biggest Cybersecurity Attacks in 2021 - Privacy Affairs For a running tally on the state of cyber-attacks: The Biggest Cyber Attacks of 2021 (So Far) The Biggest Cyber Attacks of 2021 (So Far) - GEEKS

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Ransomware, Here, There, Everywhere And More Of It!

The firm Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that Ransomware Costs Expected to Reach $265 Billion by 2031. The Cybersecurity Ventures analysis predicts that there will be a new attack every 2 seconds as ransomware perpetrators progressively refine their malware payloads and related extortion activities.Global Ransomware Damage Costs Predicted To Exceed $265 Billion By 2031 (cybersecurityventures.com)

A FinCEN Report The report’s conclusion unequivocally points to a ramp-up in ransomware-related activities throughout 2021:

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  • Financial institutions filed 635 SARs in the first half of 2021 related to suspected ransomware activity.
  • The SARs referenced 458 suspicious transactions amounting to $590 million.
  • The H1 2021 figure exceeds the value reported for the entirety of 2020, which was $416 million, showing an uptick in ransomware activity.
  • The average amount of reported ransomware transactions per month in 2021 was $102.3 million.
  • Based on SARs data, FinCEN said it identified 68 different ransomware variants active in H1 2021.
  • The most commonly reported variants in H1 2021 were REvil/Sodinokibi, Conti, DarkSide, Avaddon, and Phobos.

Financial Trend Analysis (fincen.gov)

US Treasury said it that it has tied $5.2 billion in BitCoin transactions to ransomware payments.

The financial crimes investigation unit of the US Treasury Department, also known as FinCEN, said today it identified approximately $5.2 billion in outgoing Bitcoin transactions potentially tied to ransomware payments.

According to a report from Palo Alto Networks’Unit 42security consulting group, the average ransomware payment climbed 82% to a record $570,000 in the first half of 2021 from $312,000 in 2020.Ransomware criminals' demands rise as aggressive tactics pay off | Fox Business

For a deeper dive into ransomware topics please see: Ransomware on a Rampage; a New Wake-Up Call by Chuck Brooks “The current state of cyber-affairs is an especially alarming one because ransomware attacks are growing not only in numbers, but also in the financial and reputational costs to businesses and organizations.”Ransomware on a Rampage; a New Wake-Up Call (forbes.com)

The Supply Chain, A Weak Link For Hackers To Exploit

A new study says by cybersecurity companyBlueVoyantshows that the supply chain is a magnet forcyber breaches.“A whopping 97% of firms have been impacted by a cybersecurity breach in their supply chain,and 93% admitted that they have suffered a direct cybersecurity breach because of weaknesses in their supply chain.“ Supply chain cybersecurity breaches have hit alarming percentage of firms: survey | Fox Business

“Supply chain attacks rose by 42% in the first quarter of 2021 in the US, impacting up to seven million people, according to research. Analysis of publicly-reported data breaches in quarter one by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) found 137 organizations reported being hit by supply chain cyber-attacks at 27 different third-party vendors.” 'Troubling' rise in supply chain cyber-attacks - Supply Management (cips.org)

For a deeper dive into supply chain cyber issues, please see: Chuck Brooks: Government Focused on Securing the Cyber Supply Chain

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“Supply chain issues are being formally adapted into security strategy by the federal government. OnMay 15, 2019,the White House Presidential Executive order was issued to help secure the supply chain (both public and commercial) poses an undue risk of sabotage to or subversion of the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, installation, operation, or maintenance of information and communications technology or services in the United States.”

The remedy to fixing supply chain vulnerabilities is heightening government and industry collaboration highlighted in the policy initiatives, such as NIST, and in task forces on supply chain security established by the Executive Branch. More precisely, it requires enacting a risk management process that identifies vulnerable systems (especially legacy) and gains visibility into all the elements of the supply chain.”

Chuck Brooks: Government Focused on Securing the Cyber Supply Chain - GovCon Wire

IOT as a Prime Target For Breaches

Cyber-physical systems (OT/IT) and the integrations of millions of devices in our lives has created a IoT cybersecurity challenge for people, business, and governments.

As IoT devices store, transmit and process so much essential data every day, they serve as the perfect target for cyber criminals.According to an article published by Cyber Magazine,IoT devices suffer an average of5,200 cyber-attacksevery month.” Cyber Threats Haunting IoT Devices in 2021 - Kratikal Blogs

Each IoT device represents an attack surface that can be an avenue into your data for hackers. A Comcast report found that the average households is hit with 104 threats every month. The most vulnerable devices include laptops, computers, smartphones and tablets, networked cameras and storage devices, and streaming video devices, a new report found. Cybersecurity report: Average household hit with 104 threats each month - TechRepublic

For a comprehensive statistical overview on IoT, see “Internet of Things statistics for 2021 – Taking Things Apart” 45 Fascinating IoT Statistics for 2021 | The State of the Industry (dataprot.net)

Please see my recent FORBES article: Cybersecurity Threats: The Daunting Challenge Of Securing The Internet Of Things for a look at some of the current and future cybersecurity challenges of IoT. “Using a comprehensive risk management approach to understand and mitigate the threats of the Internet of Things can be of major help to that regard in helping mitigating security gaps. Being more cybersecurity ready should a priority pursuit for everyone connected.” Cybersecurity Threats: The Daunting Challenge Of Securing The Internet Of Things (forbes.com)

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Cyber Risks & Risk Management

Cybersecurity is all about risk management. The Cyber Risk list below compiled by Fortinet speaks volumes:

  1. Cyber RisksIDC predictsthere will be 55.7 billion connected devices by 2025, of which 75% will be connected to the IoT. IDC also estimates that IoT devices will generate 73.1 zettabytes of data by 2025, up from just 18.3 zettabytes in 2019.
  2. Cisco dataestimates thatdistributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attackswill grow to 15.4 million by 2023, more than double the 7.9 million in 2018.
  3. DDoS attacks became more prevalent in 2020, with theNETSCOUT Threat Intelligencereport seeing 4.83 million attacks in the first half of the year. That equates to 26,000 attacks per day and 18 per minute.
  4. More than four-fifths of data breaches in 2020 (86%) were financially motivated, according toVerizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).
  5. Security threats against industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) more than tripled in 2020, according toDragos Inc.’s Year in Review report.
  6. McKinsey insightfinds 70% of security executives believe their budget will decrease in 2021, which will limit and reduce their spending on compliance, governance, and risk tools.
  7. Organizations must defend their networks, systems, and users against several major cybersecurity threats. For example,Verizon’s 2020 DBIRfound that 70% of breaches were caused by outsiders, 45% involved hacking, 86% were financially motivated, 17% involved some form of malware, and 22% featured phishing orsocial engineering.

Top Cybersecurity Statistics, Facts, and Figures for 2021 (fortinet.com)

My infographic below can be used as a guiding tool to help plan strategies to help manage cyber-risk. A successful cyber risk strategy requires stepping up assessing situational awareness, information sharing, and especially resilience.

In 2021, the connectivity of cyber devices grew exponentially and so have the cyber intrusions and threats from malware and hackers. The year is not over and already more data has been breached that ever before. Let us hope that that cyber-attack stats for 2022 may less prolific and costly.

About the Author:

Chuck Brooks, President of Brooks Consulting International, and Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University, is a Technology Evangelist, Corporate Executive, Speaker, Writer, Government Relations, Business Development, and Marketing Executive. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn.” He was named as one of the world’s “10 Best Cyber Security and Technology Experts” by Best Rated, as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance,” by Thomson Reuters, “Best of The Word in Security” by CISO Platform, and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer.” He was featured in the 2020 and 2021 Onalytica “Who’s Who in Cybersecurity” – as one of the top Influencers for cybersecurity issues and in Risk management. He was also named “Best in The World in Security” by CISO Platform, one of the “Top 5 Executives to Follow on Cybersecurity” by Executive Mosaic, and as a “Top Leader in Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies” by Thinkers360. Chuck was named by Oncon in 2019 “Top Global Top 50 Marketer” by his peers across industry.

Chuck also a Cybersecurity Expert for “The Network” at the Washington Post, Visiting Editor at Homeland Security Today, Expert for Executive Mosaic/GovCon, and a Contributor to FORBES.

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FAQs

What are the statistics of Cyber Security 2021? ›

Enterprises saw the annual cost of cyber security increase 22.7% in 2021. The annual number of security breaches on enterprise organizations increased by 27.4%. On average enterprises needed 50 days to resolve an insider's attack and 23 days to recover from a ransomware attack.

What are the top 3 biggest data breaches so far in 2021? ›

The biggest data breaches of 2021
  • Comcast (1.5 billion)
  • Brazilian resident data leak (660 million)
  • Facebook (533 million)
  • LinkedIn (500 million)
  • Bykea (400 million)
20 Jan 2022

What are the biggest cybersecurity threats right now 2022? ›

Ransomware

Ransomware is considered to be one of the biggest cyber security threats in 2022 and poses a serious cyber threat to businesses of all sizes. Ransomware attacks work by infecting your network and locking down your data and computer systems until a ransom is paid to the hacker.

What is the percentage of ransomware attacks in 2021? ›

Ransomware attacks increased by 78% throughout the course of 2021. Two in three organizations were hit overall (up from more than a third in 2020), and a joint report helmed by Cyber Security Works noted that the number of vulnerabilities associated with attacks grew from 223 to 288 in 2021.

What are the top 5 major threats to cybersecurity? ›

Top 5 most common cyber threats to watch out for today
  1. Social engineering attacks (or phishing) ...
  2. Ransomware. ...
  3. Mobile security attacks. ...
  4. Remote working risks. ...
  5. Identity-based cloud security threats.
5 Jul 2022

Why Cyber threats are increasing? ›

Because of digital transformation and a pandemic that transferred many from working at the office to home, data is at greater risk for a breach. Securing data necessitates a hyper-security focus.

What are the two top main reasons for the cyber breaches in 2021? ›

Here's a short list of major causes for data breaches:
  • Cause #1: Old, Unpatched Security Vulnerabilities. ...
  • Cause #2: Human Error. ...
  • Cause #3: Malware. ...
  • Cause #4: Insider Misuse. ...
  • Cause #5: Physical Theft of a Data-Carrying Device.

What are the top 5 security breaches in 2022? ›

Top 10 Data Breaches So Far in 2022
  1. Crypto.com Crypto Theft. The attack took place on January 17th and targeted nearly 500 people's cryptocurrency wallets. ...
  2. Microsoft Data Breach. ...
  3. 3. News Corp Server Breach. ...
  4. Red Cross Data Breach. ...
  5. Ronin Crypto Theft. ...
  6. FlexBooker Data Breach. ...
  7. GiveSendGo Political Data Breach. ...
  8. Cash App Data Breach.
12 Oct 2022

Who suffered the biggest data breach in 2021 down? ›

6. LinkedIn Data Breach (2021) Data associated with 700 million LinkedIn users was posted for sale in a Dark Web forum on June 2021. This exposure impacted 92% of the total LinkedIn user base of 756 million users.

What is the# 1 cybersecurity threat today? ›

1) Phishing Attacks

The biggest, most damaging and most widespread threat facing small businesses is phishing attacks. Phishing accounts for 90% of all breaches that organizations face, they've grown 65% over the last year, and they account for over $12 billion in business losses.

What is the biggest cybersecurity threat today? ›

The Top 10 Cyber Security Threats in 2022
  1. Social Engineering. Social engineering attacks exploit social interactions to gain access to valuable data. ...
  2. Third Party Exposure. ...
  3. Patch Management. ...
  4. Cloud Vulnerabilities. ...
  5. Ransomware (and Ransomware-as-a-Service)

Why are cyber-attacks increasing 2022? ›

According to new research from Palo Alto Networks, employees falling for phishing lures were the suspected start of 37 per cent of successful attacks. Thirty-one per cent of attacks started by exploiting software vulnerabilities.

How much did cybercrime increase in 2021? ›

According to Check Point Research, cyberattacks increased 50% year-over-year, with each organization facing 925 cyberattacks per week globally. As per the statistics, businesses witnessed 50% more attacks per week in 2021 compared to 2020.

Where do most cyber attacks come from? ›

Cyber attacks are much more likely to occur through mundane errors like a user choosing an easy-to-guess password or not changing the default password on something like a router. 'Phishing' is also a common way to gain access to a system, this involves extracting personal information under false pretences.

Are ransomware attacks increasing in 2022? ›

The latest statistics from Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) show that ransomware attacks across the globe were up 13% in the last 12 months, making it one of the biggest threats to businesses in 2022.

What is the biggest threat on the Internet? ›

Occurrence and perceived severity of different types of cybercrime. Viruses remain the biggest threats in terms of occurrence: no less than 40% of all respondents state they have been victim of at least one virus last year.

What are the top 3 data security and protection risks? ›

In the past decade, social engineering, ransomware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) are on the rise. These are threats that are difficult to defend against and can cause catastrophic damage to an organization's data.

What are the new threats to security? ›

The Top Security Threats Of 2022
  • Credential reuse attack. ...
  • Insider threat. ...
  • Man-in-the-middle attack. ...
  • Phishing. ...
  • Ransomware. ...
  • Watering hole attack. ...
  • Spyware. ...
  • Social engineering attack.
1 Mar 2022

What country is the biggest cyber threat? ›

“When dangerous is defined as having the greatest potential to threaten the strategic role of the U.S. as an enduring great power, the answer is China.”

Are cyber attacks becoming more targeted? ›

Cyber attacks on all businesses, but particularly small to medium sized businesses, are becoming more frequent, targeted, and complex. According to Accenture's Cost of Cybercrime Study, 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.

Can cyber attacks be stopped? ›

Cyber attacks can be prevented by being aware of the various types of protocols, exploits, tools, and resources used by malicious actors. In addition, knowing where and how to expect attacks ensure you're creating preventative measures to protect your systems.

What is the biggest data breach in history? ›

Data breached: 3 billion user accounts

According to data breach statistics, the largest data breach in history is the one that Yahoo! suffered for several years. Not only is it the biggest breach according to the number of affected users, but it also feels like the most massive one because of all the headlines.

What type of information is the most frequently exposed in a data breach? ›

Common data breach exposures include personal information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and healthcare histories, as well as corporate information, such as customer lists and source code.

What are the latest cyber attacks? ›

Recent Cyber Attacks & Data Breaches In 2022
  • TikTok Denies Cyber Attack.
  • NATO Data Leak.
  • Samsung Exposes PII.
  • Uber's Systems Compromised.
  • Starlink Dish Hacked.
  • Largest European DDoS Attack.
  • Cisco Cyber Attack.
  • Cloudflare & Twilio Attacked.

What happens if you hack Google? ›

Google hacking search queries can be used to identify security vulnerabilities in web applications, gather information for arbitrary or individual targets, discover error messages disclosing sensitive information, discover files containing credentials and other sensitive data.

What has been the most notorious security threat recently? ›

1. Ransomware. Ransomware can come in many shapes and sizes, but it all functions with the same basic concept: You must pay a ransom in order to gain access to your data. Oftentimes, attackers follow with a second ransom in order to keep stolen data from being sold online.

Which company data leaked this year 2022? ›

Twitter suffered a data breach of 5.4 million accounts after threat actors built a database of phone numbers and email addresses.

What companies have been hacked lately? ›

Recent Data Breaches – October 2022
  • September 2022: Kiwi Farms Breached. ...
  • September 2022: American Airlines Discloses Data Breach. ...
  • September 2022: Hacker Breaches Rockstar Games, Leaks GTA6 Footage. ...
  • September 2022: Lapsus$-Affiliated Hacker Compromises Uber.
3 Oct 2022

What are the 7 types of cyber security threats? ›

Types of cyber threats your institution should be aware of include:
  • Malware.
  • Ransomware.
  • Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
  • Spam and Phishing.
  • Corporate Account Takeover (CATO)
  • Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Cash Out.

What are the top 10 cyber-attacks? ›

Top 10 common types of cyber security attacks
  • Malware.
  • Phishing.
  • Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks.
  • Denial-of-Service (DOS) Attack.
  • SQL Injections.
  • Zero-day Exploit.
  • Password Attack.
  • Cross-site Scripting.
31 Jan 2022

Are there any serious security threats currently? ›

Business email compromise attacks cost billions

Those risks potentially include data theft, malware attacks, ransomware and even nation-state backed cyber espionage. But one of the most significant cybersecurity threats is also one of the most simple attacks that cyber criminals can carry out: phishing .

Who is most at risk for cyber-attacks? ›

There's an ongoing argument about the ranking, but the five industries at risk of cyber attacks among them are:
  • Public administration.
  • Healthcare & pharmaceuticals.
  • Finance & insurance.
  • Education & research.
  • Retail.
5 May 2022

What are the 5 types of cyber-attacks? ›

The different types of cyber-attacks are malware attack, password attack, phishing attack, and SQL injection attack.

Why are there so many cyber-attacks? ›

Transferring data between business and personal devices is often inevitable as a result of the increasing amount of employees who work remotely. Keeping sensitive data on personal devices significantly increases vulnerability to cyber attacks.

What are the most common cyber-attacks 2022? ›

The most common attack vector remains credential theft (19%) then phishing (16%), misconfigured cloud (15%) and vulnerabilities in third-party software (13%). To understand how crucial it is to prevent these common attacks, consider the average time required to identify and contain each type of compromise.

How much have cyber-attacks increased in 2022? ›

Global Data

Check Point Research (CPR) has found that global attacks increased by 28% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. The average weekly number of attacks per organization worldwide reached over 1,130.

What are the statistics of Cyber Security 2021? ›

Enterprises saw the annual cost of cyber security increase 22.7% in 2021. The annual number of security breaches on enterprise organizations increased by 27.4%. On average enterprises needed 50 days to resolve an insider's attack and 23 days to recover from a ransomware attack.

How many cyber attacks happen in 2021 daily? ›

However, considering there are around 2,200 cyberattacks per day, that could equate to more than 800,000 people being hacked per year.

How many cyber crimes are there in 2021? ›

In 2021, the IC3 received reports from 24,299 victims who experienced more than $956 million in losses to Confidence Fraud/Romance scams. This type of fraud accounts for the third highest losses reported by victims.

Who is the No 1 hacker in world? ›

Kevin Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick speaking at Cyber Incursion event 2018. He spoke about social engineering and its risks for users.
BornKevin David Mitnick August 6, 1963 Van Nuys, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesThe Condor, The Darkside Hacker
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Who is the best hackers in the world? ›

Kevin Mitnick is one of the best white hat hackers in the world. He was previously the FBI's Most Wanted Hacker after breaking into 40 large organisations for no reason. He is now a sought-after security expert for 500 firms and government organisations all around the globe.

Which country have the best hackers? ›

The 7 Top Hacking Countries
  • Romania. Responsible for 2.8 percent of the world's hacking traffic during the last quarter of 2012, Romania comes in at seventh place. ...
  • Brazil. ...
  • Taiwan. ...
  • Russia. ...
  • Turkey. ...
  • United States. ...
  • China.

What is the best cybersecurity prevention? ›

Top Cybersecurity Tips in 2022
  1. Keep software up-to-date. ...
  2. Avoid opening suspicious emails. ...
  3. Keep hardware up-to-date. ...
  4. Use a secure file-sharing solution to encrypt data. ...
  5. Use anti-virus and anti-malware. ...
  6. Use a VPN to privatize your connections. ...
  7. Check links before you click. ...
  8. Don't be lazy with your passwords!

What percentage of cyber attacks are ransomware? ›

Ransomware was also the third most used cyberattack method in 2021, accounting for 10% of all data breaches.

How common is ransomware in 2022? ›

During the first half of 2022, there were a total of 236.1 million ransomware attacks worldwide. Overall, the number of ransomware attacks decreased rapidly between the second and fourth quarters of 2021, going from nearly 189 million cases to 133 million.

How much did cybercrime increase in 2021? ›

According to Check Point Research, cyberattacks increased 50% year-over-year, with each organization facing 925 cyberattacks per week globally. As per the statistics, businesses witnessed 50% more attacks per week in 2021 compared to 2020.

How is statistics used in cyber security? ›

The statistical cyber-security group are developing data science techniques that enable large dynamic computer networks to identify intrusions and anomalous behaviour and therefore protect against cyber-attacks and fraudulent activity.

How often do cyber-attacks occur 2021? ›

Ransomware attacks are becoming more prevalent as a concern. At the end of 2016, a business fell victim to a ransomware attack every 40 seconds. This is expected to rise to every 11 seconds by 2021, according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures.

How many data breaches were there in 2021? ›

The number of data breaches in the U.S. has significantly increased within the past decade, from a mere 662 in 2010 to more than 1,000 by 2021 (Statista).

How many cyber crimes are there in 2021? ›

In 2021, the IC3 received reports from 24,299 victims who experienced more than $956 million in losses to Confidence Fraud/Romance scams. This type of fraud accounts for the third highest losses reported by victims.

Which sector was targeted the most on 2021 by cybercriminals? ›

Mandiant's latest M-Trends 2022 report, based on frontline investigations and remediations of high-impact cyber-attacks worldwide, confirms that commercial and professional services and the financial sector were the most frequent targets of cyber attackers throughout 2021 (14 per cent each).

Who is most at risk for cyber attacks? ›

There's an ongoing argument about the ranking, but the five industries at risk of cyber attacks among them are:
  • Public administration.
  • Healthcare & pharmaceuticals.
  • Finance & insurance.
  • Education & research.
  • Retail.
5 May 2022

Which country has the most cyber-attacks? ›

This statistic presents a ranking of the countries most affected by cyber crime in 2017.
...
Consumer loss through cyber crime worldwide in 2017, by victim country (in billion U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicAnnual loss in billion U.S. dollars
China66.3
Brazil22.5
United States19.4
India18.5
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7 Jul 2022

What are the 5 types of cyber-attacks? ›

The different types of cyber-attacks are malware attack, password attack, phishing attack, and SQL injection attack.

Where do most cyber-attacks come from? ›

Cyber attacks are much more likely to occur through mundane errors like a user choosing an easy-to-guess password or not changing the default password on something like a router. 'Phishing' is also a common way to gain access to a system, this involves extracting personal information under false pretences.

Will cyber attacks increase in 2022? ›

Highlights: Global attacks increased by 28%in the third quarter of 2022 compared to same period in 2021. The average weekly attacks per organization worldwide reached over 1,130.

Why are there so many cyber attacks? ›

Most often, cyber attacks happen because criminals want your: business' financial details. customers' financial details (eg credit card data) sensitive personal data.

What industry is the number 1 ransomware threat? ›

Banking & Finance. Breaking down the numbers shows just how lopsided ransomware attacks were in late 2021. The number one target for ransomware gangs was the Banking and Finance sector. Almost one-quarter (22%) of attacks were directed at organizations in those industries.

What is the biggest data breach in history? ›

Data breached: 3 billion user accounts

According to data breach statistics, the largest data breach in history is the one that Yahoo! suffered for several years. Not only is it the biggest breach according to the number of affected users, but it also feels like the most massive one because of all the headlines.

Which company holds largest data breach? ›

A team of Russian hackers targeted Yahoo's database using backdoors, stolen backups, and access cookies to steal records from all user accounts, which included personally identifiable information (PII) like: Names. Email addresses. Phone numbers.

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