Cybercrime: The Most High-Profile Targets
The reach of cybercrime extends far beyond individual credit card, and identity theft. Learn more about just how far a hacker can go
Hackers have become increasingly more dangerous as cybercrime has continued to grow in scale, and sophistication. The targets of cyberattacks are not just everyday people anymore. Within the last few years alone, cybercrime targets have included Sony Pictures, Target, and even the United States government! Here’s what you should know about each of these large-scale intrusions:
In November of 2014, film production studio Sony Pictures was the victim of one of the largest corporate data breaches in history. Hackers obtained access to employee email correspondences, employee salaries, personal employee information, and copies of yet-to-be-released movies. The hackers even demanded that Sony not release The Interview, a controversial comedy film, in which Seth Rogen and James Franco plot to assassinate a North Korean dictator.
The United States
In 2015, a hack of the U.S. government’s computers exposed over 21 million people to potential security breaches. Among the information stolen were Social Security numbers, fingerprints, home addresses, and the financial details of people who had undergone government background checks since 2000.
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One of history’s greatest business cyberattacks was carried out on Target during the holiday season in 2013. In this unprecedented breach, hackers injected malware into Target’s online security system, and gained access to all of the credit card scanners in Target’s 1,797 U.S. locations. Whenever customers swiped their cards, the installed malware would record the credit card number, and retain the information on a hijacked Target server. Every single credit card used in a Target store during the 2013 holiday season was subjected to this cybercrime.
This attack was particularly jarring as Target has always prided itself on its state-of-the-art security technology. In the year prior to the attack, Target had partnered with a security software company called FireEye, a company funded by the CIA, and used by intelligence agencies worldwide.
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