Ever since the beginning of the digital revolution, cyber attacks have been on the rise to this day
Today, no matter how developed we are in terms of technology, cyber criminals always use these developments against brands worldwide.
Therefore, even though almost every organization is taking the best cyber security measures, it is never enough to defend against cyber attacks. Thanks to cyber criminals’ latest techniques!
We have just crossed the first half of 2021, and we are sailing towards the other half. However, as of now, we have witnessed some major cyber attacks on businesses and organizations worldwide that have left organization’s heads and experts perplexed.
Some of these cyber attacks were not that harmful as compared to some of the attacks that are remarkably malicious and dangerous. Moreover, threat actors didn’t spare any industry, whether government or non-government, small or big. Almost every organization was targeted in the first half of 2021.
Now let’s take a look at 5 of the jaw-dropping cyber attacks that have happened so far:
#1 Domino’s India Data Leak
Domino’s India, the popular pizza brand, suffered a massive data leak. Customers’ personal data related to 18 crore orders that are placed with the fast-food chain were made available online. The worst part is that this information was made available to the public. Exposed data includes customers’ names, email ids, mobile numbers, and locations. However, the company assured customers that no payment details such as credit card information were leaked in the incident.
#2 Microsoft Exchange Mass Cyber Attack
The mass cyber attack on Microsoft Exchange Server has significantly added to the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks. The cyber attack effected thousands of organizations suffered and millions of individuals worldwide. The threat actors exploited the four zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange Server, affecting 9 government agencies and over 60,000 private companies in the U.S. alone. However, as of now Microsoft issued a statement that the exploit has been patched.
#3 Computer Maker Acer
The computer giant Acer was targeted by a ransomware attack and the malicious actors demanded a ransom of $50 million. It is worth noting that the ransom amount made the highest recorded ransom till date. The attack came to light after the attackers disclosed the breach on their data leak site. It is believed the infamous ransomware gang, known as REvil, were behind this attack. The ransomware gang also shared some images of leaked data to prove they accessed the company’s data.
#4 Colonial Pipeline
On 7th May, Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest oil pipelines in the US, was targeted by a ransomware attack. The attack was so powerful that it forced the company to shut down for a long period of time. It was a smart move from the company to proactively take specific systems offline to contain the threat. The company also immediately engaged third-party cyber security experts to investigate the incident and mitigate the threat.
The attack was so severe and alarming that the U.S. President Biden had to declare a state of emergency. Unfortunately, even though the company handled the matter wisely and everything is in control now, they also had to pay a huge chunk of money as ransom to gain back access to its systems.
#5 Pegasus Spyware
Pegasus spyware attack is considered one of the worst cyber attacks on humanity and this ranks among the most sophisticated ones. The spyware was created by the Israeli company NSO Group for government agencies to monitor criminals and terrorists. A leaked list that consisted of more than 50,000 phone numbers, believed to be belonging to the persons of interests for NSO’s clients, made the shocking revelation.
The leaked list also contains details of various reporters, executives, and editors of giant media outlets such as the New York Times, Financial Times, CNN, and Reuters.
These attacks are just a tip of the iceberg. There are a number of cyber attacks that I haven’t mentioned. However, having said that, it doesn’t mean it is the end. In fact, several cyber attacks took place in the past and have surely alarmed the organizations to prepare themselves against such unexpected attacks. But, If an organization is left unprepared, the cyber pandemic can spread faster and wickedly than coronavirus.
Therefore, it is high time that organizations take cyber security seriously and equip themselves enough to battle these mischievous circumstances.
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