The first six months of 2018 saw thousands of people lose their data in cybersecurity breaches across the world. From shocking security attacks to large scale data breaches, 2018 emphasized on the need of a total security solution to safeguard organizations anew. GajShield looks at some massive data breaches that shocked the world in 2018 so far:
Footwear company Under Armour was deeply affected by the schemes of cyber criminals when in February, its MyFitnessPal app became the ground zero of rogue hackers, compromising the usernames, email addresses, and passwords of about 150 million users.
The company discovered data breach barely a month after the hack. While it assured users that the more sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, birth dates, and location were not exposed, it was alleged that some passwords were anonymized using the hashing process called bcrypt, Under Armour later admitted that a number of passwords were hashed using SHA-1. Which only means that the attackers were likely able to uncover some passwords more easily. This incident only showcases how neglected, user’s personal data has been, over cyberspace.
Over 500,000 routers worldwide were reportedly affected by the VPN filter malware attack back in May. It was later found out early in June that the Russia-linked cyber-attack was more serious than you’d possibly assume at first thought.
VPNFilter malware was instrumental in developing a massive botnet. It was alleged that it can also be used to spy on the browsing activities of devices connected to an affected router, and even control these activities. Brands of routers impacted were Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Linksys, Netgear, and TP-Link.
GajShield wasn’t affected by this VPNFilter Malware.
What is alleged to be a country-linked attack back in March, over 100,000 accounts from more than 300 universities across the world were the subject of interest amongst nine hackers. The United States Department of Justice said the assailants stole 31 terabytes of data, estimated to be worth US$3 billion in intellectual property.
These cases only show how essential it has become to safeguard the information and data of organizations from external as well as internal threats.
We, at GajShield bear a responsibility towards making internet a safer place to work at, with our next generation firewall solutions.
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