According to reports EconomyOnline According to Iran, the corona pandemic is the main reason for the increase in the activity of hackers, and AFBII has also reported that the increase in the use of the Internet by the people of the world, the increase in telecommuting, the growing trend of social media use and the growth of 400% Cyber crimes But which cyberattacks were the most dangerous in 2020?
Theft of 737 million information files
Earlier, Cyberventures, a cybersecurity institute investigating hacker activity, launched a corona pandemic to make it more compact. Hacking attacks He warned the world in a report that while in 2016 there would be a cyber attack every 40 seconds, but we have to wait for this figure to reach every 11 seconds in 2020, which is almost true, but of course the company could never have imagined. By the end of 2020, the United States will be one of the losers in the cyber world and will be the target of the largest and most organized cyber-attacks backed by a government. Researchers at the cyber institute also reported in their latest report a significant increase in phishing and a fourfold increase in ransomware attacks on health and medical companies, noting that from 2014 to 2020, the rate of information leakage increased by 67% and the rate of malware attacks per year. 2020 has seen a dramatic increase. According to the report, in 2020, a total of more than 737 million information files were leaked, the largest of which was the attack on the cosmetics company Estee Lauder. According to the report, in February 2020, about 440 million files and data of the company’s customers were targeted by hackers, including a large number of e-mail addresses. AV-test, a malware-detection company, said in a report that 2020 saw a rapid increase in the number of new malware samples, with attacks on digital currencies, ransomware and phishing attacks up 252 percent.
The United States and the Zionist regime are the losers of 2020
Cyber security may have received less attention from users and ordinary people due to economic problems, but the reality is that in information and data leakage, network intrusion, mass theft of information and their sale, identity theft and the spread of ransomware, etc. Throughout 2020 and its underground market, there is no sign of a halt. The hackers have had no rest this year, targeting the United States the most and not even the US cybersecurity companies. The attack on the big cyber security company FireI is one of the worst hacking attacks of 2020, during which hackers stole a tool that the agency used to test users’ security, which was in fact an FBI tool. In a series of attacks on US government companies and agencies, IT management company SolarWinds was targeted, and after the theft of Orion software, information was stolen from a number of US government agencies, at least one hospital and university, and a number of large companies. The cyber-attack also targeted at least 24 companies, including Intel, Cisco, VMware and Nvidia, that used the software. In 2020, the Zionist regime was not spared from hacker attacks and more than 40 Zionist companies, including the Israeli logistics and shipping company, were targeted by cyber attacks. In these attacks, a ransomware called Pay2Key was involved, and in one case, the personal information of the insured of Sherbit Company was stolen and sold by this hacking team, because the company refused to pay them a ransom of about $ 4 million. The hacker group demanded that all the companies attacked pay a ransom of 7 to 9 bitcoins.
Transportation industry under the razor of hackers
Traces of the 2020 major cyber-attacks can be seen in the transportation industry, one of which is EasyJet. In May 2020, the airline was the target of one of the worst cyber attacks in the world, and the email addresses, identity, financial information, etc. of more than 9 million customers of this airline were stolen. Of course, it was not only the airlines that were targeted by these cyber attacks, and shipping was also one of the most attractive targets for hackers. The biggest cyber attack in the area took place in August on Carnival Shipping, and the information and data of a large number of passengers on three shipping lines was stolen in a ransomware attack. In this attack, the personal and financial information of the passengers, email address, phone, address, passport number, date of birth, etc. were provided to the hackers.
Attack on the makers of the corona vaccine
The healthcare industry and hospitals were also major targets for hackers in 2020, with research on the corona vaccine at the top of their agenda. In November, Microsoft reported a hacking attack on companies operating the Corona vaccine in India, although it is said that the attack may have been carried out with the support of a specific government. Corona vaccine research companies in Canada, France, South Korea and the United States were also attacked by the Russian hacker group Strontium and two other hacker groups, Zinc and Cerium from North Korea. Other major health hacks include the first death as a result of hacker activity. In 2020, a patient died in Germany as a result of a cyber attack on hospital equipment and became the first victim of a cyber attack in the world.
Bad year for gamers
At the end of 2020, there was disappointment for fans and game lovers. Cyberpunk 2077 failed to live up to expectations in December as hackers eagerly awaited Sony’s new game, and the company refused to release the game on the network, given the global cyberspace conditions and knowing the game’s potential bugs. Although the company did not face a major hack in 2020, the fear of hackers was a major setback and endless frustration for gamers.
But this was not the only cyber-defeat in 2020, and Nintendo experienced one of the worst cyberattacks this year. In April 2020, in the form of a cyber attack, the information and data of 160,000 Nintendo gamers was stolen by hackers, and these cybercriminals used Nintendo gamers’ account information to make online purchases from the Nintendo store. These cyber actors not only made online purchases using this account, but also obtained personal information such as email address, name, date of birth, bank card passwords, etc. of some of these gamers. As a result of this hack, Nintendo temporarily asked its users not to log in to their accounts with Nintendo Network ID and to use two-step verification systems.
These are big but powerless companies
The big tech companies were not spared the hackers in 2020 either; In August, for example, a former Cisco employee hacked into the Cisco network and hacked the accounts of 160,000 people, disrupting their Cisco WebEx video conferencing system. The two-week cyber attack cost Cisco $ 1.4 million.
Hacking Twitter using social engineering and collecting digital currency by hacking the accounts of famous and rich people like Barack Obama, Ilan Musk, Joe Biden who was the US presidential candidate at the time, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and … It is another major hacking attack in 2020. In this big scam, more than 300 transactions were made and 12.3 bitcoins were received from users, which was equivalent to 112 thousand US dollars at that time. Google was the target of a large number of DDoS attacks in 2020, disrupting several hours of service each time, including Gmail, and once again reminding the world how much the lives of the people of the world depend on this great company.
French IT company Sopra Steria was also targeted in a cyber attack in October, costing the company € 50 million. Following the attack, Sopra Steria was forced to suspend its services for a while, as Ryuk ransomware stole part of the data, managed to lock the database of the large French company and take it hostage. Another major cyber attack in 2020 was a ransomware attack on British currency giant Travelex. The currency giant’s networks were infected by a ransomware called Sodinokibi, and 5 GB of customer information was stolen by the hacker group REvil. The group demanded 4. 4.6 million in digital currency, which was eventually released after paying 3 2.3 million in bitcoin, making it the world’s largest digital extortionist. The cyber attack on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) in August and September and the leaking of at least 5.2 million customers of the MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL hotel chain in early 2020 are also among the major hacking attacks of 2020.