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Approximately 200,000 accounts were hacked, compromising the names, email addresses, and account
numbers of North
American customers. Bank officials stated that Social Security numbers, credit card codes, and
expiration dates were not
breached. Citi Bank, however, ordered new credit cards for 100,000 customers, absorbing about $2
million in damages.
Boleto Bancario, a Brazilian payment system, was affected by malware that manipulated the
victim’s browser to route
payments to accounts that were controlled by the attacker. The technique compromised $3.75
billion in payments within a
two-year period using several different versions of malware.
Three banks were targeted by a Trojan that deleted data and disrupted ATMs, online banking, and
mobile payments. After
nearly six months of these attacks, it was said that this hack cost the country almost $650
million in economic damages.
Some said that the incident was attributed to the DarkSeoul gang, a threat actor connected to
the North Korean regime.
South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation spotted an insider attempt to attack
the Gautrain Management
Agency, which handles roads and transportation. The theft could have cost the agency up to R800
million. One of the
criminals was identified as an employee who had installed programs to steal financial
This cyberattack on Ukraine's power grid led to power outages in western Ukraine and was the
first successful attack on
a power grid. This particular incident was caused by malware called Black Energy. In 2016, a
similar attack was employed
using even more complex malware known as Industroyer and cut off power to a fifth of Ukraine's
Hackers attempted to steal more than $1 billion from a Bangladeshi bank but could only get away
with $81 million. It was
later revealed that North Korean hackers were behind this. The attack had a huge impact on the
banking sector, resulting
in comprehensive security updates to SWIFT, the international transaction system for moving
funds between different
banks. SWIFT banned North Korea from its system at that time.
Known as one of the worst ransom attacks ever, WannaCry infected an estimated 300,000 computer
systems in just four
days. The National Health Service in the UK was hit the hardest, with at least one-third of
healthcare offices and
services disrupted and over 19,000 appointments canceled, including surgeries.
This cost the organization approximately $116.4 million.
Hackers accessed confidential information from The Australian National University (ANU),
including names, addresses,
phone numbers, payroll information, and bank account details, dating as far back as 19
Multiple phishing campaigns were deployed, with each attack granting the attackers deeper levels of access. The breach was finally discovered by ANU in April 2019, and approximately 200,000 people were affected.
The security firm FireEye revealed that the data of 6.8 million patients from a healthcare
website in India was stolen
by cybercriminals. Many speculated that the hack was carried out by a Chinese hacker group
called Fallensky519, and it
was revealed that healthcare records were being sold on the dark web, some available for under
One of the biggest media organizations in Germany fell prey to a ransomware attack.
Approximately 6,000 computers were known to be infected, leading to a stop of work at the
editorial offices and some of
the printing houses of the company. The organization didn't comment on media reports claiming
that the hackers had
demanded a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin.
Cybercrime is constantly on the rise.
Stay informed and mindful about the choices you make to protect yourself and your assets.