What we have learned from 2015 – malware, hacks, state sponsored attacks, shaming and black mail
In 2015, 38% more security incidents were reported than in 2014. Some of them have been the headlines of major media outlets. The Ashley Madison hack revealed 37 million identities and intimate details followed by lawsuits proving the importance of data security and privacy. Last Pass hack in June 2015 is another example of how 7 million users can lose sensitive data and trust. Not only companies were affected by security breaches, the hack on the US federal records exposed the identity of more than 14 million current and former civilian US government employees.
2015 has also brought the first smart car hack as well as the first ransomware for Linux users. Also, 2015 was the year of ransomware attacks making 179,209 victims, counted only by security company Kaspersky.
Interestingly enough, more than 62% of exploits used in cyberattacks are distributed through browsers and 90% of the most common World Wide Web exploits are delivered from advertising networks.
All these developments have been the focus of CyberGhost in the past year. Although we are a privacy company, we have introduced protection against malicious websites as well as the ad blocker feature. In this way we can ensure a smooth and safe online experience.
What to expect in 2016