When we talk about cyber attacks and cyber security, we immediately think that it is only the large corporations that can face these phenomena, however, it is precisely the technological giants and large companies that have suffered the greatest attacks from cybercrime , let’s mention just some of the most important of the last decade, aimed at companies that sell online mostly.
2011- Sony PlayStation Network. – In this data breach, the names, emails, and other personal data of some 77 million people with an account on PlayStation Network (the PlayStation service that allows the purchase of online games) were compromised.
2013 – Yahoo!. – The American company acknowledged that, in 2013, it was the victim of a major computer attack that affected more than 1,000 personal data of its users. The security breach cost Yahoo! some 3,000 million dollars since sensitive data such as email addresses, passwords, birthdays, telephone numbers, names and surnames of the people registered on the platform were exposed.
2014 – eBay. – In May 2014, eBay issued a statement asking its 145 million users to change their password after discovering that their network had been the target of a cyberattack. Hackers were able to break into the company’s system through unauthorized access to some employees’ passwords, seizing customer names, encrypted passwords, emails, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. eBay was widely criticized for the time it took to notify its customers of the incident.
2016- Tesco Bank. – Hackers stole 2.26 million pounds (about 2.65 million euros) in 48 hours from the banking subsidiary of the British supermarket chain. Tesco Bank reported that it had detected “suspicious transactions” in nearly 40,000 bank accounts, from which money had been withdrawn from about half. The bank was fined 16.4 million pounds (19.2 million euros) for failing to properly protect its customers.
2018- Cambridge Analytica. – Cambridge Analytica showed the world how data theft can be used in politics and electoral processes: in this case, to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company that worked with the Donald Trump’s team, used without consent the information of 50 million Facebook profiles to identify the behavior patterns and tastes of users and use them in the dissemination of political propaganda. It has been a great scandal that has generated documentaries on Netflix, books, and many hours of legal expenses in the Courts of the United States and the United Kingdom, which reveal the degree of surveillance and trafficking of personal data to which the users of major social media platforms.
2019-Facebook. -A year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook was once again involved in a data exposure case. Nearly 419 million phone numbers and user IDs on Facebook.
Not to mention all the new crimes that have been committed in the Russia Vs. Ukraine war, when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, no one knew what role cyber attacks could play in a large-scale invasion, today it is worthy of analysis.
Russia had been carrying out cyber attacks against Ukraine since it occupied Crimea in 2014, especially after the attacks on the Ukrainian power grid and of drop the worm NotPetya. We will talk about this next week.