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The Biggest Security Hacks of the Last Decade

This news story was published on February 2, 2021.
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When you turn on your computer and get ready to log in on the web, you have got to think for a moment about whether your PC is fully protected. Using antivirus software, firewalls, and keeping your systems up to date are all quite effective at keeping hackers at bay. At the same time, you also have to be very cautious about which websites you visit and what connections you trust. If you are observant, you learn to spot the clues and slowly become trusting in your ability to avoid security threats. The following are the biggest security hacks seen in the past decade.

The WannaCry Computer Ransomware Outbreak 

Ransomware is an unfortunate yet popular computer security threat that seizes up computer systems until the end user pays a bounty. Since the user is basically unable to access any part of their computer after a ransomware hijack has occurred, there is a high percentage of people who end up paying to get their files back. Don’t let your computer get taken over and find a professional IT company to protect all of your computer devices. With the proper kind of protection, ransomware will not be a concern for you. In the case of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, the majority of the targets ended up being businesses, local governments, and hospitals. Hackers would demand high fees to restore computers systems and files, but they would hold up their end of the bargain if the ransom was paid. 

The Equifax Data Breach

Unlike other computer security threats that the average user has to worry about, the Equifax data breach reminded people that third party vendors could also present security risks. Whenever you connect to the web via Wi-Fi, enter your login details on a website, or even check your email, you could have your internet security breached. Whenever you depend on another entity to keep your information safe, there is a chance that your data could be compromised. Whether it is a matter of third parties keeping your credentials archived or weak security protocols, the Equifax data breach made the world aware of the fact that even major companies are not impervious.

The 2014 Mt. Gox Bitcoin Hack

In general, internet users realize that some personal credentials, such as their banking details, are especially at risk. With the details of a user’s banking, credit card, or even driver’s license information, a hacker can really go to town. However, internet users also believe that most things can eventually be recovered. With an identity theft and or police report, unauthorized credit card charges can be waived and bank account balances get restored. As is with cryptocurrency, the Mt. Gox website hack let internet users know that not all web-based financial breaches are fully recoverable. In total, nearly $500 million in consumer-based assets were stolen, and the website ended up shutting down for good.

Over the past decade, governments have had secret files hacked, consumers have had their personal details leaked online, and investors have lost their entire portfolios. The one common thread tying all of these security hacks together is a lack of foresight. There will always be hackers who work to break down your security barriers. Do your part by always working to reinforce your computer security measures.

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