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Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger

The world of cybersecurity has changed in recent months. While the number of attacks seems to continue increasing, the nature of attacks is changing as well, becoming more systematic and dangerous. The Hackmageddon site that lists cyber intrusion, theft, and nefarious damage reveals a wide range of attacks that differ greatly in intent and scale.

Gone are the days of simple denial of service or even credit card nabbing. We’re seeing more attacks by nation-sponsored groups and organized cybercriminals. The former have geo-political objectives, while the latter chase financial gain. Players in both groups increased their efforts to new levels of damage in 2016.

To view a sideshow on this topic, visit EBN sister site Design News.

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Anonymous Protests Saudi Arabia

In January, the Anonymous group of hackers protests the execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia and takes down several high-profile Saudi Arabian government websites under the banner of operation #OpSaudi and #OpNimr.   (Source: anonymous)

In January, the Anonymous group of hackers protests the execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia and takes down several high-profile Saudi Arabian government websites under the banner of operation #OpSaudi and #OpNimr.
(Source: anonymous)

The list of 2016 attacks in the slideshow represent just a small sliver of the thousands of attacks now taking place. The overwhelming majority of them are relative small. A collage or bank sees a few thousand data files of students or customers slip away from the server. The attacks are happening worldwide. This attack map from Norse shows just how international cyber crime has become.

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