Cybersecurity issues have become a day-to-day struggle for organizations around the world. Breaches themselves have become both more common and more severe, as hackers and cyber criminals are constantly learning how to circumvent the latest security technologies. Read on as we detail some of the year’s biggest cybersecurity threats so far and how to protect your organization from them.
Unlike 2017, the first six months of 2018 have seen few government leaks and global ransomware attacks, but that’s where the good news ends. Corporate security simply isn’t improving fast enough, especially as state-backed hackers from around the world are getting bolder and more savvy.
Take a look as Wired details some of the year’s biggest digital security dramas as we mark the midway point of 2018.
Hackers breached Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app in late February, compromising usernames, email addresses and passwords from the app’s roughly 150 million users. The company attributed the breach to lackluster password protections.
Iranian hackers were indicted over an alleged spree of attacks on more than 300 universities in the United States and abroad in March. The suspects were charged with infiltrating 144 American universities, 176 universities in 21 other countries and 47 private companies. The U.S. Department of Justice says the hackers stole 31 terabytes of data, estimated to be worth $3 billion in intellectual property. The attacks are said to have been centered around carefully crafted phishing emails to trick professors and other university affiliates into clicking on malicious links and entering their network login credentials.
Russian Grid Hacking
In March, the U.S. government began to publicly acknowledge Russia’s involvement in cyber attacks targeted at American energy and utility companies. Though these attributions were already widely assumed, the federal government’s public acknowledgement was a key step in both the public and private sector working to form a cybersecurity response.
From increasing costs of cyber attacks and the surge in the variety of attacks, there is no question that the cybersecurity situation midway through 2018 is troubling. While the scope of worldwide cyber crime is vast, an experienced cybersecurity partner can help make navigating the murky waters of digital security a little easier. To learn more about MDL’s expertise and capabilities when it comes to cybersecurity, visit our website.