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Tech 2021: The Biggest Ransomware and Cyberattacks

Last year ended with the U.S. dealing with the consequences of the SolarWinds hack in which multiple federal agencies and private businesses were infiltrated. This year, more ransomware and cyberattacks were made, including on a major U.S. oil pipeline, a leading IT software provider, and even on makers of COVID-19 vaccines. A bombshell report also revealed some nations were using spyware to surveil world leaders, journalists and pro-democracy activists. Learn about how secure we were in 2021.

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Tech 2021: The Biggest Ransomware and Cyberattacks

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    Major Reported Cyberattacks of 2021

    Ransomware is now a billion-dollar market
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    Ransomware is now a billion-dollar market

    An analysis of several hundred cryptocurrency wallets (opens in new tab) used for ransomware (opens in new tab)-related payments has revealed …

    Hackers Expose Log4J Vulnerability and It's Wreaking Havoc on the Internet
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    Hackers Expose Log4J Vulnerability and It's Wreaking Havoc on the Internet

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    Security researchers are scrambling to patch a major server issue caused by a bug in the open source Java logging library Log4J. The code is so popular that it's used in hundreds of applications and likely on half of all corporate networks on the internet. Hackers are said to be actively exploiting this vulnerability, one federal officials have called "most serious." Here's what you need to know about this bug and what you could do to protect yourself.

    REvil Hackers Demand $70 Million to End Largest Ransomware Attack on Record
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    REvil Hackers Demand $70 Million to End Largest Ransomware Attack on Record

    A gang of Russia-linked hackers are believed to be responsible for infecting thousands of victims with ransomware after breaching the computer systems of IT software provider Kaseya. The attack has affected grocers, dental practices, architecture firms, libraries, and other businesses, as well as public agencies, worldwide. Hackers are demanding a ransom of $70 million in cryptocurrency. Read more about REvil, past cyberattacks it has launched, and what happens next.

    Probe Reveals Massive Spyware Abuse Targeting Activists, Journalists Worldwide
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    Probe Reveals Massive Spyware Abuse Targeting Activists, Journalists Worldwide

    Surveillance software belonging to Israeli tech firm NSO Group was used by authoritarian regimes around the world to track human rights activists, journalists and politicians. Originally intended for use against criminals and terrorists, the so-called Pegasus software targeted more than 50,000 phones, installing malware to extract messages, calls, emails and even access devices' microphone. Learn more about the findings from this global investigation.

    Further Reading on Cybersecurity and Data Hacks

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