Data Breaches and Cybersecurity: The Top 10 Hacks of 2020

In addition to the many challenges the world experienced in 2020, cyberattacks proved a serious threat to companies across the globe.

Data Breaches and Cybersecurity: The Top 10 Hacks of 2020

In addition to the many challenges the world experienced in 2020, cyberattacks proved a serious threat to companies across the globe. Cybercriminals continue to extort businesses through data breaches, network infiltrations, bulk data theft and sale, malware, phishing, and ransomware outbreaks. This painful reminder shows that companies have to prioritize cybersecurity and address vulnerabilities in their networks.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not your company really needs to implement the latest cybersecurity measures in the IT world, consider the top 10 hacks that took place in 2020.

Big Hits, Big Brands

One: Google mitigated the damage from a 2.54 Tbps (Terabits per second) denial of service attack in October, one of the largest recorded DDoS attacks. A Google engineer reported the attacks were part of a six-month campaign aimed to break Google’s server infrastructure.

Compromising National Security

Two: Three Iranian hackers were charged for hacking US aerospace and satellite companies using phishing schemes and malware, subsequently compromising US satellites.

Three: Suspects arrested in December by Italian police likely stole up to 10GB in sensitive corporate and military data from Leonardo SpA during a cyberattack against the Aerostructures and Aircraft Division of the defense contractor.

Four: The Japanese company Mitsubishi experienced a data breach resulting in stolen confidential design data of a cutting-edge missile. The company reported the potential theft of data belonging to roughly 8,000 individuals and the exposure of sensitive information.

The Value of Research

Five: The University of California at San Francisco ended up paying a $1.14 million ransom in order to save COVID-19 research from hackers who infiltrated the School of Medicine’s IT systems with malware.

Hospital Cybersecurity Threats

Six: A hospital patient died in September after being redirected away from a hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany that had recently undergone a ransomware attack. Investigating German police say they will treat it as a murder case if they find the hospital and attack downtime to be directly at fault.

Costing Companies Customer Trust

Seven: The makeup company Estée Lauder reported the exposure of 440 million internal records due to middleware security failures.

Eight: MGM Resorts suffered from a hacker who published the records of 142 million MGM guests online for sale on a cybercrime marketplace.

Nine: A hacker leaked the data of 44 million Pakistani mobile subscribers online after the hacker tried to sell mobile user records the previous month.

Ten: The consumer credit reporting agency Experian disclosed a data breach in its South African branch, which the South African Banking Risk Centre claimed impacted 24 million South Africans and 793,749 local businesses.

Addressing Your Company’s Cybersecurity Needs

Cybersecurity represents a global issue that can affect businesses of all sizes. Encourage confidence in your business’s IT and cybersecurity by partnering with Netovo Group. Our experienced engineers understand the urgency of strong, comprehensive cybersecurity. Through off-site backups, antivirus software, and secure cloud file storage that use state-of-the-art infrastructure, your business can protect its computers and networks from cyberattacks in real-time. Our team is ready to discuss cloud applications, cybersecurity offers and office network and hosting solutions, so reach out through our website or call 212-390-1900. In today’s inconsistent world, you can count on us.

Alexander Schmidt

Managing Partner at Netovo Group, LLC a local provider of enterprise-grade Managed Hosting and Full-Lifecycle IT Services.