A few milestones in the cybersecurity field in 2018
- The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in Europe
- The secure HTTPS protocol surpassed HTTP in popularity
- Facebook suffered a data breach involving 87 million users
- Google+ was shut down due to a vulnerability exposing the information of 500,000 users
- The false rumor about the leak of user data of 5 million Thegioididong customers
- Hackers’ claim to expose a series of employee and user data belonging to ConCung and FPTShop
- According to the National Cyber Security Center, there were 10,220 cyberattacks on systems in Vietnam this year
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Cybersecurity in 2018 – a Year in Review – CyStack2018 was a volatile year for information security with various security scandals shaking even the biggest firms in technology. Meanwhile, some of the most significant positive changes in cybersecurity were also made possible thanks to the decisions that were made this year. The major topics for cybersecurity in 2018 are:
- Data breach
- Malware surge
- Security improvements
Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica user data scandalEvery news agency has written about the occurrence – the account information of 87 million Facebook users was exploited to influence the results of the US presidential election. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had to testify before the Senate, the US House of Representatives, and the European Parliament.
Google+ was closed down due to user data exposureShortly after the Facebook scandal, news about the possible data breach affecting 500,000 Google+ users started to circulate. Google was forced to permanently shut down this social network.
FIFA suffered the leak of 70 million documents and 3.4 TB of dataThese documents, which were published by Football Leaks, exposed some sensitive information about corruption in football. The scale of this breach has surpassed the Panama Papers scandal, once known as the biggest data leak.
Coin-mining malware gained popularityWith a growth rate of 8500%, coin-mining malware has grown at the same pace as that of cryptocurrency values in the past year. However, it is unclear how the latest depreciation of cryptocurrency will affect this form of malware.
Ransomware faced market correction after ransom cost peaked at over $1000Currently, the average ransom to decrypt the data encrypted by hackers is $522. This price has halved compared to the previous year as a result of market correction, although the number of ransomware variants still increased by 46%,
Mobile malware has been on the rise24,000 malicious applications were blocked before being released daily. The number of malware categories had increased by 54% in 2017 alone. This growth reflected the increasing number of mobile device users and was further accelerated by the fragmentation of the Android operating system.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in the EUThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in May last year and served to protect the data and privacy of all individuals in the European Union and the European Economic Area. Most of the big names in the technology industry have come up with updated terms to ensure compliance with the regulation.
Google Chrome labelled websites without HTTPS “Not secure”The HTTPS protocol has exceeded HTTP in terms of popularity and is now used by more than 50% of websites worldwide. This result was greatly influenced by the world’s most popular web browser, Google Chrome, when it started to warn users of the insecure HTTP protocol and prioritize websites with HTTPS.
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