Along with the rise of information technology comes a rise in cybercrime and cybersecurity breaches. Check out our top 12 cybercrime facts and statistics to learn more about cybercrime and how it may affect you and your business. Looking for ways to keep your personal information safe? The increasing rates of hacking, data leaks, and other cybercrimes may seem scary. Understanding what cybercrime looks like is the first step to preventing it.
People generally appreciate how the new wave of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots from Web giants can perform basic online tasks on our behalf. Who doesn't like having the ability to order a large pepperoni pizza by speaking five words into a smartphone? But security experts warn there's not much to stop cybercriminals from using AI technology to take social engineering hacks and identity theft to scary new levels. A dire warning about the increasing use of AI technology by cybercriminal was issued by Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) last month. Eric Peterson, a Director of Threat Research at Intel Security, warned that machine learning is starting to crop up in sophisticated scams that have already netted $3 billion for the bad guys.
Over the last ten years cars have become packed full of new technology that makes it easier to play music and movies, take calls, or get directions all from your dashboard. But this digitization has come at a cost, giving cybercriminals a seemingly endless amount of access points to take over vehicles. Cybersecurity firm IntSights recently released, "Under The Hood: Cybercriminals Exploit Automotive Industry's Software Features," a study on how hackers are managing to get into cars and do damage. The study notes that hackers have infiltrated automotive systems and hardware since 2010. "The pressure to deliver products as fast as possible puts a big strain on vehicle security capabilities, manufacturing facilities, and automotive data. Industry leaders have since come to understand that cybercrime threats to cars were not as far-fetched as originally thought," the report said.
No one would argue that 2018 was a turbulent year for cybercrime and identity theft, impacting organizations of all shapes and sizes around the globe. From retailers to financial institutions, ecommerce to healthcare, no industry was left untouched. Facebook experienced one of the largest breaches in 2018, impacting 2.2 billion users worldwide. More than 300 million Marriott guests were caught off guard when the press reported that hackers had access to the Starwood brand's network for the past four years, exposing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as addresses, phone numbers, and passport numbers. Even the U.S. Postal Service was compromised, with 60 million Informed Delivery customers targeted by cybercriminals who intercepted packages and opened new credit cards in their name.