Now that we’ve said goodbye to 2017, let’s check out the six worst cybersecurity attacks that occurred, and how you can keep you and your family safe in 2018.
Spreading like wildfire to 57,000 plus devices in 150+ countries, some labeled it the greatest ransomware attack the internet ever saw. It spread via a vulnerability in Windows.
After WannaCry, yet another ransomware attack occurred merely a few months later, demanding that $300 be paid in Bitcoin. It spread quickly through phishing emails.
3. Locky Ransomware
This culprit spread via Microsoft Word documents, which permitted an action run resulting in all your files being encrypted.
4. Bad Rabbit
Spreading via a bogus Flash update, this bad bunny left a ransom note that demanded money to decrypt your captured files.
5. Equifax Hack
One of the three biggest credit agencies reported 143-million credit records were taken between the months of May and July which put up for grabs driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers and credit cards. Yikes!
This remotely accessed Trojan (RAT) was bypassing anti-virus software and pilfering your data while it transmitted it back to the hackers via Gmail.
How Do You Protect Yourself In 2018?
First, make sure that you keep both your system and anti-virus software up-to-date. I can’t stress this enough.
Next, always be cautious of phishing emails. If you do not know the email’s sender, DON’T open it or click on any links.
Also, sign up to a monitoring service that protects you and your family’s personal information 24/7 by swiftly alerting you of any threats.
Last, keeping in mind that ransomware attacks have increased 600% since 2015, increase your computer’s security by installing software that protects you from cybersecurity attacks that your anti-virus software CAN’T block.
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