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What are some famous cybercrime cases?

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Ajay Bhai Brar

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With the onset of the Internet, we shifted our focus from the physical world, into the cyber world. On one hand, it has vastly improved our lives by completing all strenuous tasks in the blink of an eye. But the negative sides flourished as well. The number of cybercrimes increased tremendously, and in this article, we’ll be considering some of the famous cybercrimes to date.

  • WannaCry ransomware attack
    Wanna Cry ransomware attack is one of the worst cyber-crime ever happened. It took place in May 2017 and affected computers worldwide, which were running on Microsoft Windows OS by a ransomware crypto worm.  The attack propagated through ‘EternalBlue’; an exploit developed by the NSA (US National Security Agency), which was stolen by a group named ‘The Shadow Brokers’. It affected over 200,000 computers around 150 countries, with total damage ranging between hundreds of millions to billions of dollars.

  • Sony Pictures Hack
    A hacker group by the name ‘Guardians of Peace’, hacked Sony Pictures film studio on 24th November 2014 and extracted lots of confidential data including employee to employee e-mails, personal information about the employees, their salaries, and copies of then-unreleased films. The attackers also used a Shamoon wiper malware, for erasing Sony’s cyberinfrastructure.

  • Yahoo Data Breaches
    A series of breaches took place from the Yahoo database, one occurring in August 2013 and another in late 2014. The hackers extracted personal information like name, address, phone number, sensitive passwords, from all 3 billion Yahoo users. Yahoo faced tremendous criticism from the members of the United States Congress,  for their lack of security measures.

  • Swift Banking Hacks
    Between 2015-2016 a series of cyberattacks took place from the SWIFT banking network. In February 2016, $101 million were extracted from the Federal Reserve Bank account, which belonged to Bangladesh. The amount extracted was distributed with $20 million going to Sri Lanks and $81 million going to the Philippines. After investigation, it was found that Dridex malware was used for the attack.

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