Have you ever considered that nearly every electronic device can be hacked?
I know I have.
Today we’ll look at some hacking statistics to illustrate the impact of hackers’ activities in modern society. Naturally, hacks are a great concern for website owners – that’s why all reviews here on Hosting Tribunal focus heavily on security – but the truth is that all Web denizens are susceptible to hacking activity.
In the text below you will find some fantastic stats which will help us to find out:
Also, we’ll visit the dark web’s markets to see how much it costs to buy a new identity.
Now let’s get this show on the road with some hacking stats.
Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Let’s delve in deeper and find more details about each one.
Some of the cyber breaches are audacious, others outrageous, yet others simply stunning.
(Source: Security magazine)
By the time the average person takes a selfie and uploads it to Instagram, the next hacker attack has already taken place.
(Source: Cybersecurity Ventures)
The profit from the illegal drug industry amounts to around $400 billion annually. For comparison, cybercriminals have earned a total of around $600 billion in 2018.
(Source: Breach Level Index)
Cybersecurity facts show us the average number of record stolen per second. Breaches are actually a lot rarer than that – it’s just that each breach allows for a lot of records to be stolen.
Most businesses don’t really know if they’re prepared for a cyber attack. Actually, 75% of all businesses don’t even have a formal cyber attack response plan.
Cyber attacks statistics reveal that in 2018:
According to the same survey, 80% of hackers say “humans are the most responsible for security breaches”.
In just two years, the U.S. cybersecurity budget rose by almost 14%. It used to be just $13.15 billion in 2017.
Like everything, there’s a balance in the cyber-world as well. Hacking facts show that:
What’s interesting here is that 81% of them learned their craft mostly through blogs and educational materials online. Only 6% completed a formal class.
There were 313,735 job openings for cybersecurity experts until August 2018. This number will continue to grow as we’ll see a bit later. Cybersecurity statistics assure us this will be one of the best paying jobs in the near future.
Are you learning stuff? Good, those stats are awesome. All these numbers look impressive, don’t they? There are more to come, but let’s pause for a second to see the world through hackers’ eyes.
For example – if you see new technology, the first logical question you may pose is – “What does it do?”
Hackers see it differently, though – their question is “What can I make it do?”
These statistics on hacking may not help us understand how a hacker thinks, but we can make some definitive conclusions about their nature.
First off, let me explain the difference between a black hat hacker, a white hat hacker, and grey hat hacker.
Black hat hackers are hackers with criminal intent.
White hat hackers are hired to test the security of a system. They have permission to do it.
Grey hat hackers don’t have criminal motives, but once they start exploiting a system, they can break some laws.
Now that we have the basics, let’s continue with some…
The things below are checked facts, not empty statements.
Want to reread the above stat? 18 minutes. I drink my morning coffee longer than that.
Russian hackers aren’t wasting any time when they put their mind to it. North Korean hackers need just under two and a half hours. Chinese ones take longer – about 4 hours.
71% of Americans are wary of hackers stealing their credit card or financial info. Considering how many cyber attacks happen per day in the US, we can understand why that is. US citizens also worry about the possibility of identity theft – 67%.
The possibility of being assaulted or killed by a co-worker where you work – 7%. I sure don’t want to go to their office.
You can buy a bus ticket for a dollar. Or you can buy a ticket to an ecommerce site. The choice is yours.
When looking at data breach statistics, we can see that billions of records have been stolen. This created an abundance of credentials for sale, which reflects on their price. Bank accounts still cost more – between $3 and $24 a piece. Most other online accounts cost $1 or less.
A total of 45,000 products are on sale there. If we add all non-ransomware products and services, the number will easily exceed 1 million.
Almost 1 in 4 (100,907) occurred within the consumer marketplace.
Hacking statistics for 2019 also show us that:
I guess some people’s fingers never sleep. Let’s hope cybersecurity specialists are up to the task.
And speaking of cybersecurity specialists:
There are almost 314,000 job openings for cybersecurity specialists in the US alone as of October 2018. Cybersecurity Ventures expects that cybercrime will more than triple the number of job openings over the next five years.
Now let’s have a break from the hacking statistics for a while.
See, hackers are like you and me in a way. They are curious about the world and themselves. Some of them describe hacking as an adrenaline rush. All people have “their thing” – some dance, some climb mountains and so on. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities. Come to think of it – it’s like a puzzle. Put all the right pieces together, and voila.
Now let’s imagine a situation. You are in a hotel. There is a TV in your room. What do you see? “A TV”, most of you would say. What does a hacker see? A gateway to the hotel’s network. It’s similar to any other target.
Stale accounts and outdated permissions are targets for exploitation and malicious use. Hackers desire data, and they can get it by hijacking an account.
While we’re on the topic:
Seizing such an account could be pretty easy with a simple phishing attack.
(Source: Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018)
Fraudulent emails as part of a phishing strategy are still a hacker’s favorite tool to obtain credentials.
Computer hacking statistics also show that:
(Source: Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018)
Unauthorized use of systems, computers or servers from outside entities rose by 5% in 2018.
And 88% of companies with over 1 million folders have over 100,000 folders open to everyone. Certainly makes a hacker’s job easier.
Lousy protection is one of the main reasons why…
(Source: Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018)
Cyber attack statistics show 72% of large companies report such events.
(Source: Breach Level Index)
The exact number as of March 27, 2019, is 14,717,618,286. Only 4% of these breaches were “Secure Breaches”, meaning the data was encrypted and therefore rendered useless.
So far we’ve looked at the possibilities for hackers to cause damage. Now let’s check out some examples of their handiwork:
The numbers in some of the biggest data breaches are stupefyingly big.
It’s quite a story. In 2016 Yahoo admits the truth about the most significant data breach in history. They publicly state that 500 million users’ accounts were compromised in 2014.
Later the company declared there was another breach in 2013 with another 1 billion compromised accounts. Finally, in 2017, Yahoo said the whole truth – the attacks had compromised a total of 3 billion user accounts.
It is still the most significant data breach in history.
One of the recent big hacks happened in 2017, when…
146.6 million names, dates of birth and 145.5 million US social security numbers were taken as well from the credit monitoring firm.
In 2018 Marriot International discovered attackers, who had remained in the system since 2014. The hackers stole the credit card numbers and expiration dates of more than 100 million customers. The other 400 million lost “only” some part of their private info – names, passport numbers.
And here’s what the hacked companies will have to pay in 2019:
(Source: Juniper Research)
Well, that’s more than Italy’s GDP in 2018. Тhis number has increased almost four times since 2015.
Since we started talking about money, I want to ask you a question – where is the money?
Once upon a time, there were some people with lots of money. They had so much money, they had to build a house for their money. And that’s how banks appeared.
In the next section, we’ll take a look at the banks hacked in 2018. What do criminals do with banks? They rob them. Cybercriminals do the pretty much the same thing, in a more subtle way.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
In 2018 Cybercriminals hacked the bank’s servers on August 11 and 13. The culprits stole the card details of around 12,000 Visa cards.
Long story short – the hackers made it rain 15,000 transactions later.
The next one is really exciting. It makes Jesse James look like a harmless kid on the path of righteousness (his dad was a preacher).
One of the most interesting hacking facts online is that:
(Source: Kaspersky, Securelist)
We can’t classify this as the biggest bank robbery in history, but it sure is interesting. They targeted around 100 banks around the world, and it took 2-4 months to siphon the money out from each one. The losses per bank were up to $10 million each. The cybercriminals started to test the Carbanak malware in 2013, and it’s still on the loose.
The good news is in 2018 the authorities caught the mastermind in Spain.
These next few cyber hacking statistics visualize how much cybercrime can cost us.
This number amounts to 0.8% of the global GDP.
To acquire such amounts of money, black hat hackers need specific tools. You can’t find most of them just anywhere. Where do they get them? Let’s find out.
The dark web’s customers may find almost everything there. Thankfully the light side has some tricks prepared to change the cyber attacks statistics in 2019
Use 2FA whenever possible. Just a tip.
The dark web can’t help you much with 2FA, but there’s a lot of stuff you can buy if you have some Bitcoins ready.
(Source: Wondershare, dr.fone)
Netflix streaming is one of the standard hacking services and widely available. For a small fee, you’ll receive the email and password of someone’s Netflix account. Just imagine how many people’s credentials have been hacked or stolen for the price to get this low.
Don’t know what WinPot does? Nothing much 😉 It only makes the ATMs by a popular ATM vendor dispense all the cash from their cassettes.
By the way, did you know that
There are several ways to hack an ATM, but consider this – if your card data is stolen, then 100% of ATMs would be vulnerable to this kind of attack.
When talking about the dark web and hackers, a question arises – How many hackers are there?
No one knows.
But we can make an educated guess based on the following stat:
The dark web hosted almost 60,000 unique onion domains, and around 57% of them hosted illegal content.
And one more interesting fact for the dark market, before we move on:
You can also buy a fake passport + driving license + ID card from different countries if you can spare 700-900 euro. (approx. $787-$1010 at the exchange rate at the time of writing)
Let’s move on from the hacking statistics of 2018.
Hacking isn’t all about criminal masterminds and cybersecurity. Sometimes it’s fun, and I have a list for you.
Not all cyber attacks are malicious or vicious. Hackers have a wicked sense of humor.
(Source: Washington Post)
In 2011 MI6 took down the instructions for bomb-making from an online al-Qaeda magazine and replaced them with recipes for cake. I guess the Taliban didn’t fall for it since there were no exploding muffins in the last eight years.
This is one of the hacking facts I’ll cherish in my memory. In 2013 Donald Trump’s Twitter account was hacked, and the hacker posted some Lil’ Wayne lyrics.
(Source: Daily Mail)
In 2012, Iran’s nuclear facilities were under cyberattack. The hackers forced workers at two of the nuclear facilities to listen to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck repeatedly at full volume. Even if you’re a fan, it can still annoy you at some point.
In 2005 Samy Kamkar took down MySpace. For our younger readers, MySpace was a social network like Facebook, only cooler. If someone shuts down Facebook now, it would be one of the biggest hacks of 2019. However, Samy didn’t want to shut down MySpace. All he wanted was…some friends. To achieve his dream he wrote a worm, exploiting a vulnerability in MySpace. Infected profiles became “friends” to Samy’s page. And then their friends as well and so on. It took Samy a day to get a million friends on his page. MySpace couldn’t take it.
In 1903 Guglielmo Marconi (the father of modern radio) was ready to transmit a message via the first wireless broadcasting technology. It used the same system as the telegraph. When he was prepared to send the message, the apparatus began to tap out a message in Morse code. The word was “RATS”, repeated over and over again. The first of the many hacking cases to come in history happened because the radio’s channel wasn’t as private as Marconi thought. More than a century later we still have the same problem.
Well, that’s all folks. I hope you found this article helpful and interesting. We learned some cool facts together and we saw the world of hackers is not just about money. Curiosity and ethics play a large role as well.
Stay safe in 2019.