It would be true to name 2017 as a year of hacks and security breaches. Security breaches in 2017 have shaken the world. And while it was damaging enough, it has a positive impact as well; it has opened the eyes of companies as well as general public and offered a glimpse of the future if we do not start taking the security of our digital world seriously. Following are the 9 major security breaches in 2017 that shook the world.
- Electric Grid Warning – January 2017
U.S. Energy Department put out a warning that the electric grid is under threat from the hackers.
- Cloudbleed – February 2017
A security flaw in Cloudflare caused the exposure of thousands of passwords of various websites. Famous websites like Uber, Fitbit, and OKCupid were affected by the security breach.
- Vault 7 – March 2017
WikiLeaks released a compilation of CIA’s hacking tools code-named “Vault 7.” CIA devised these tools to spy on people and taking control of their devices.
- French Election Hack – April 2017
Emmanuel Macron’s campaigned told that they received phishing emails. However, no loss has been reported.
- WannaCry – May 2017
One of the deadliest ransomware attacks ever seen, WannaCry affected 100 countries and 200,000 computers. It exploited outdated Windows operating system and encrypted the users’ files for ransom.
- NotPetya – June 2017
Even deadlier than WannaCry, NotPetya security breach in 2017 hit the large businesses, especially in Europe. Affected businesses include Maersk, FedEx, and Merck.
- Voting Machines – July 2017
This is not an actual hack but a white hat demonstration of it. At DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas, a group of white hat hackers demonstrated that the voting machines used in the U.S. can be hacked within an hour.
A hacker stole 1.5 terabytes of data including shows like Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley.
- Equifax – September 2017
The credit monitor company, which collects user’s sensitive financial data without their permission, lost the data of 145.5 million users to the hackers.