Cybersecurity Attacks Of 2017: The Worst 6!☠

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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.

1. WannaCry

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.

2. Petya

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!

6. KediRAT

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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  1. Bill

    I didn’t know there were that many cyber attacks in 2017. I am sure that 2018 will not be any better. Right now, I am using McAfee, but the security company you suggest for those viruses that get past your anti-virus software is excellent.  I’m definitely going to sign up.  Like you say, you have to have something that can protect all your work as you grow your business. Thank you for informing everyone of the things that can happen if we don’t take the proper precautions.

    • Barb

      Hi, Bill!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing, and I’m so glad I was able to help keep your computer secure.

      Yes, I had no idea viruses could get past your anti-virus software until I researched and discovered it’s actually quite common.  The additional protection that the company provides on top of your anti-virus is excellent – definitely well worth the money.

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