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Top 7 most famous worldwide companies victims of latest cyberattacks

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There are a lot of cyber attacks going on right now, aren’t there? And the worst part is that this is probably the tip of the iceberg. No doubt there are attacks which are being covered up, or which haven’t even been realized yet (after all, sometimes people make off with information without the company they stole it from being any the wiser).

So as you read this list, be aware that it’s probably even worse than you think it is! What a golden age we live in.

Edmondo

Somebody managed to break into Edmondo’s servers and steal a whopping 77 million user accounts. These accounts apparently included usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords.

So if you’ve used their server, it might be time to change your passwords.

Equifax

The credit rating company Equifax lost a stunning 143 million personal data files or about half of the population of the US. And this wasn’t just email addresses. Here we’re talking about addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers and more. The kind of stuff that people can use to buy properties, set up fake bank accounts and a whole lot more.

This breach is going to reverberate through America for decades to come. And so far, despite it largely being Equifax’s fault, the most they’ve received has been a tap on the fingers.

Verizon

Apparently, 14 million records have been exposed– meaning that 14 million customers have now had their credit card data exposed and out there. And the worst part? It wasn’t even a hack! It was a security lapse with the company somehow ending up putting their data on an unprotected server.

That means they don’t have a clue who got their hands on it. Anybody could have – which means that it’s probably for sale somewhere out there.

Cellibrite

In a bit of poetic justice, the iPhone and device cracking website was itself hacked. The hackers made off with 900 gigabytes worth of data. Which, according to Vice’s Motherboard, contained such data as who bought their services, as well as a huge amount of data about what kind of technology they were actually using.

No doubt these hackers plan to use some of that data, in turn, to break through other tougher nuts. And so the game continues.

All the big universities

A hacker known as Rasputin successfully cracked Oxford, Cambridge and New York University. How many universities were actually hacked? 60 in all, it turns out. The hacker – who was previously responsible for attacking the US Electoral Assistance Commission, has tried to sell the latest entry points online just like the last ones.

So that means whatever you’re doing – be it teaching classes, dissertation writing, or doing research, somebody probably can see what you’re up to.

Sabre Breach

You might not have heard of Sabre Breach and in truth, they’re not so big. The problem is, a lot of bigger companies use them to take on reservations for flights and hotels. As a result, Google, Hard rock, Loews and Trump properties have announced they’ve lost some of their user data to thieves.

And some of those are big companies (though some less so this year than last).

The CIA

Because when does a year goes by now that the CIA, NSA or some other spy agency doesn’t get hacked? In this case, the information the hackers made off with was how the CIA has been able to intrude into devices such as the iPhone, Android devices, and Smart TVs.

So again, those devices are no longer safe – no matter if you don’t want information to end up in the hands of governments or hackers.

Last words

Perhaps it’s time to go back to pen and paper?

I mean, these hacks have all occurred over the last year. What’s more, we don’t know how much more has been going on. The truth is, breaches are getting worse as a result of us underestimating hackers, the lack of repercussions for many firms when breaches do occur, and the fact that when they are breached, most companies prefer not coming out with the news.

As a result, the hackers are learning faster how to break open places that companies are learning to close those breaches. This leaves them ever more exposed.

And – as the Equifax hack shows – this his having repercussions for you and me.

So think twice before you hand over sensitive data. The chance that it will stay secret is shrinking by the day.
Top 7 most famous worldwide companies victims of latest cyberattacks - Image 1

There are a lot of cyber attacks going on right now, aren’t there? And the worst part is that this is probably the tip of the iceberg. No doubt there are attacks which are being covered up, or which haven’t even been realized yet (after all, sometimes people make off with information without the company they stole it from being any the wiser).

So as you read this list, be aware that it’s probably even worse than you think it is! What a golden age we live in.

Edmondo

Somebody managed to break into Edmondo’s servers and steal a whopping 77 million user accounts. These accounts apparently included usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords.

So if you’ve used their server, it might be time to change your passwords.

Equifax

The credit rating company Equifax lost a stunning 143 million personal data files or about half of the population of the US. And this wasn’t just email addresses. Here we’re talking about addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers and more. The kind of stuff that people can use to buy properties, set up fake bank accounts and a whole lot more.

This breach is going to reverberate through America for decades to come. And so far, despite it largely being Equifax’s fault, the most they’ve received has been a tap on the fingers.

Verizon

Apparently, 14 million records have been exposed– meaning that 14 million customers have now had their credit card data exposed and out there. And the worst part? It wasn’t even a hack! It was a security lapse with the company somehow ending up putting their data on an unprotected server.

That means they don’t have a clue who got their hands on it. Anybody could have – which means that it’s probably for sale somewhere out there.

Cellibrite

In a bit of poetic justice, the iPhone and device cracking website was itself hacked. The hackers made off with 900 gigabytes worth of data. Which, according to Vice’s Motherboard, contained such data as who bought their services, as well as a huge amount of data about what kind of technology they were actually using.

No doubt these hackers plan to use some of that data, in turn, to break through other tougher nuts. And so the game continues.

All the big universities

A hacker known as Rasputin successfully cracked Oxford, Cambridge and New York University. How many universities were actually hacked? 60 in all, it turns out. The hacker – who was previously responsible for attacking the US Electoral Assistance Commission, has tried to sell the latest entry points online just like the last ones.

So that means whatever you’re doing – be it teaching classes, dissertation writing, or doing research, somebody probably can see what you’re up to.

Sabre Breach

You might not have heard of Sabre Breach and in truth, they’re not so big. The problem is, a lot of bigger companies use them to take on reservations for flights and hotels. As a result, Google, Hard rock, Loews and Trump properties have announced they’ve lost some of their user data to thieves.

And some of those are big companies (though some less so this year than last).

The CIA

Because when does a year goes by now that the CIA, NSA or some other spy agency doesn’t get hacked? In this case, the information the hackers made off with was how the CIA has been able to intrude into devices such as the iPhone, Android devices, and Smart TVs.

So again, those devices are no longer safe – no matter if you don’t want information to end up in the hands of governments or hackers.

Last words

Perhaps it’s time to go back to pen and paper?

I mean, these hacks have all occurred over the last year. What’s more, we don’t know how much more has been going on. The truth is, breaches are getting worse as a result of us underestimating hackers, the lack of repercussions for many firms when breaches do occur, and the fact that when they are breached, most companies prefer not coming out with the news.

As a result, the hackers are learning faster how to break open places that companies are learning to close those breaches. This leaves them ever more exposed.

And – as the Equifax hack shows – this his having repercussions for you and me.

So think twice before you hand over sensitive data. The chance that it will stay secret is shrinking by the day.

Top 7 most famous worldwide companies victims of latest cyberattacks - Image 1

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