The biggest and most infamous Cyber Crimes to date
According to a 2016 survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, organizations rank cyber crimes as the second most reported type of economic crime, up from fourth place. (It’s worth noting that most cyber crimes go unreported.) Below is the Top 10 list of all time Cyber crimes from The Best VPN.
50 Millions Credit Cards Data Stolen from Home Depot’s System (2014)
In 2014 retailer Home Depot’s system was breached, exposing data from over 50 million credit cards.
Single Largest Theft of Customer Data (Citigroup, HSBCS, Dow Jones & Others) in 2014
Bank JPMorgan Chase in 2014 disclosed a massive breach that compromised the data of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.
Yahoo Data Breach: Over 1,5 Billion Users Data Was Breached (2013 to 2016)
Yahoo Breach in 2013 and 2014Yahoo! has been the target of at least two major breaches. In September 2016, the company disclosed that it had a 2014 breach compromised the data of at least 500 million users.
In 2015, 79 Million Customer’s Data was Stolen from HealthCare Companies
The last three years have shown how vulnerable consumer health data can be as hackers increasingly target health insurance and medical information.
In 2015, three healthcare companies – Anthem, Premera Blue Cross and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, were hacked. Anthem’s was the largest – exposing some 79 million customers’ data.
Over 700,000 Social Security Numbers Were Stolen From IRS in 2015
In 2015, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service had a breach that exposed more than 700,000 Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.
Largest Government Data Breach (2016) Due to Outdated Technology
Meanwhile, the U.S Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed records of as many as 21.5 million people, one of the largest breaches of government data in U.S. history.
Google Corporate Servers in China Were Hacked in 2009
In 2009, hackers accessed several of Google’s corporate servers in China, stealing intellectual property and other information
North-Korea “supposedly” Hacked Sony Pictures and Stole Unreleased Movies
In 2014, hackers attacked the computer network of Sony Pictures, stealing employee e-mails, information on executive salaries and copies of unreleased movies.
WikiLeaks: Sensitive Emails From Democratic National Committee (2016)
… and it would not be the last. In July WikiLeaks published a series of emails taken from servers of the Democratic National Committee. The e-mails contained private correspondence, some of which derided the campaign of the Bernie Sanders, and sensitive financial data on high-profile donors to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Biggest DDOS Attack That Took Down Twitter, PayPal, Netflix and Others (October, 2016)
2016 also marked the first time the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) was widely used in a cybercrime. In October, a cyberattack on one of the companies that host the internet’s Domain Name System, a directory of internet addresses, took down many of the internet’s most popular sites, including Twitter, Netflix, Paypal and Spotify.