If you think about last year, how many cyber scandals do you think of? 2017 has happened a lot, and the trend is rising. We have researched the most exciting scams for you and take you on a journey into cyber security. The rather ugly motto: great offense, little sense of responsibility.
One thing is clear at the beginning: 2017 was one of the worst years in terms of cybercrime. 2016 went down in history for the growing number of data breaches. Last year, we were dealing with a very experienced type of hacker who was particularly vulnerable to network attacks. From the WannaCry malware to Yahoo - read for yourself what the hackers of today (or rather "yesterday") 2017 have come up with.
1. Google's gmail is a victim of particularly clever hackers
In May 2017, Google's super-secure email service fell victim to particularly sophisticated pishings. The victims received emails asking them to open a seemingly harmless Google Doc. In keeping with Google's size, a billion computers were affected - both tech savvy users and amateurs alike were in a panic to be hacked. You can recognize phishing emails easily, do you think? In this case, unfortunately not: The malicious link looked completely authentic and even carried the Google authenticity seal. Unfortunately, just a click of the link was enough and the hackers already had access to the user's browser. In addition, the virus has been redistributed by automatically being sent to each user's contacts. In this case, the high professionalism was particularly disturbing: the hackers actually managed to infiltrate the address list of the respective user and view his sent emails to copy the spelling and style. Truly unbelievable …
2. The WannaCry malware takes "cyber hostages" worldwide
Last May, WannaCry Ransomware infiltrated thousands of high-profile businesses around the world, distributing across multiple networks and consuming thousands of computers within hours. What made this attack so dangerous was the fact that a secret Windows loophole was being used. This was actually known only to the NSA ... First, the National Health Service of Great Britain had to believe in it, shortly after 98 other countries were also affected. WannaCry took the networks as a "hostage" by seizing the victim's browser and asking for a ransom. By using the NSA hacking tool against the public, WannaCry paralyzed many hospitals in the UK. The attack is also impressive evidence that security secrets may not be as secure as we believe. Or how we are believed. Microsoft released a patch (only older Windows software was affected), and the US government quickly came to North Korea as a supposed offender. However, what nobody was discussing was how insecure the public networks of this world are ...
3. At Uber things went haywire
Uber is a big enemy of the taxi industry anyway in the headlines anyway. But 2017 was also not a good year for the company in terms of cyberattacks, which also unintentionally revealed its somewhat obscure business practices. It came to light that the world's largest transportation service paid $ 100,000 to hackers to cover up a cyberattack. This attack released personal information about 56 millions users from 2016. Uber knew about it, but kept the scandal secret for almost a year. As the company a full year later, at 21. November 2017 then quietly and quietly published a detailed blog post, the lack of transparency was clear. The Post reported how hackers were able to steal names, drivers' tags, e-mail and phone numbers from both Uber customers and employees.
But the story was not over yet: the hackers stealing the information demanded from Uber $ 100,000 Schweigegeld. Uber not only agreed, no, they also called on the hackers to sign a confidentiality statement. This boldness also came to light as co-founder Travis Kalanick and new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi turned to the public with their findings.
4. Yahoo was not quite sure about the truth
To be quite correct: Yes, the following attack already occurred 2013. However, it took four years for Yahoo to go public with its findings. And they had it in them. We say only: 3 billion exposed emails. This biggest data theft ever is also one of the worst cyber fiascos in the history. Even Yahoo has the heart not exactly on the tongue and does not operate a particularly good crisis policy. When the once-favorite email service discovered the hack, it was decided to keep it secret instead of alerting users. In addition, the company used different opinions - in December 2016 was the talk of a billion affected accounts, little later it should have been suddenly three billion ... This last number corresponds exactly to all then active Yahoo accounts. If so, yes.
5. Equifax made it twice as easy for hackers
Equifax, one of the three largest US evidence centers, told 2017 in September that hackers had successfully stolen the personal information of nearly 143 millions of Americans. It was not "just" about normal e-mail accounts. As if that had not been enough, the hackers also sucked off social security numbers, birthdays, addresses and much more. Of course, this should not happen. Especially not if the hacking data could have been easily avoided in comparison to other cases: The hackers gained access to the network through a security breach that had been known to the company for months. Equifax apparently could not muster to patch the gap accordingly. It also worked with extremely pathetic privacy settings. Be sure: The web portal was protected by the following, in our eyes the worst-ever, username-password combination: admin / admin. Something like that is probably not even granny Gertrude for her smartphone. No wonder then that the company is currently the subject of numerous investigations.
Which Cyber Attacks Are We Expecting 2018?
So much for cybercrime year 2017. We are curious how 2018 will go. However, it is not reassuring that hackers are already using the technologies of the future and our private data are being protected by everlasting security protocols. It is better to take the security of your privacy into your own hands. It's not that hard either: keep your OS always up to date, change your passwords as often as possible and never give up on yours VPN.