The Telegraph: Beating the hackers: cybercrimes of 2015

December 23, 2015 — Beating the hackers: cybercrimes of 2015

The scale of cybercrime rose yet again in 2015 with the average global cost around $7.7m. The Telegraph takes a look back at the fight against hackers this year with commentary from Robert Capps, Vice President of Business Development at NuData Security.

The year started on high alert in the wake of the Sony hacking scandal but nobody could stop hackers attacking the controversial dating agency Ashley Madison, which facilitates adulterous affairs for its 37 million users.

The Canadian company had customer data stolen in July and emails from CEO Noel Biderman leaked, resulting in his resignation. As well as the usual risk of ID theft, the hack also led to relationship breakdowns and was even implicated as the cause of suicides.

A huge five-year $100m dollar scam involving 32 US traders and Ukrainian hackers came to court over the summer. Working together, the hackers sent traders instructions on how to access the market wires – a case of old school insider-trading teaming up with tech wizardry and creating a monster.

A spear-phishing attack on email accounts at The Pentagon in July affected 4,000 military and civilian personnel working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the network was shut down for two weeks.

Telecoms giant Carphone Warehouse had 2.4 million customer details stolen in August, including encrypted credit card information. Customers were not warned until three days after the breach was discovered.

In October, TalkTalk admitted 157,000 of its broadband customers’ personal details had been accessed by hackers, with more than 15,600 bank account numbers and sort codes stolen. TalkTalk was slow to respond and took weeks to reveal the full extent of the damage.

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