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Interesting Facts About Computer Security

Posted by: Information Security on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8:00:00 am

In light of the fun fact countdown we have been posting for our 125th Anniversary, our Information Security Department has put together a list of interesting facts about computer security. While they aren't "fun", they should give you an idea of how important it is to take proactive steps to protect you and your data!

  • The first recorded “hackers” were from 1878, only 2 years after the telephone was invented, a group of teenagers were running switchboards for telephones.  They were later fired because they were more interested on how the telephone system worked then making proper connections.  They tried to hack the system to see how it worked.
  • The largest data breach is history was in 2007 where at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen and a loss of around $200 million as a result.  Albert Gonzalez, one of the persons behind the data breach, was prosecuted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

  • 3 out of 4 Americans will be a victim to cyber-crime.

  • Data breach investigations increased 54% from 2012.

  • The United States is number one in cyber-crime victims at a whopping 59%.  After that is the United Kingdom at 14%.

  • Retail is the top industry that has been compromised at 35% of all cyber-attacks.

  • The top malware hosting country is the United States at 42%.

  • The most exploited program for vulnerabilities is Java at 78% of all vulnerablities.

  • 85% of all exploits were third-party programs. 

  • The median number of days for a victim of cyber-crime to know they have been compromised is 87 days.

  • 31% of all compromises were a result of weak passwords.

  • The top 5 compromised passwords in 2013 were:

- 123456
- 123456789
- 1234
- Password
- 12345

  • Spam still accounts for 70% of all inbound emails in 2013.

  • 58% of spam e-mail contains information about pharmaceuticals.

  • The top malicious e-mail subject line in 2013 was “Some important information is missing”.

  • The top 6 vulnerabilities

- SQL Injection
- Cross-Site Scripting
- Use of Default Passwords
- Configuration Issues
- Weak Encryption Ciphers
- Denial-of-Service

  • 100% of all mobile apps have had vulnerabilities in them ranging from low severity to critical severity.

  • 68% of mobile vulnerabilities create information leakage which is the highest of mobile vulnerabilities.

  • From 2008 until now, an estimated $1 trillion dollars of data was stolen around the world due to cyber-crimes.

  • In 2009 the world’s largest bot net, a large group of “zombie” computers, were run by Ukrainian gangs with a total of 1.9 million zombie computers from all around the world.

  • 5 cyber-criminals are on FBI’s most wanted list and are responsible for losses ranging from $350,000 - $100 million.

  • The United States loses around $100 billion a year due to cyber crimes.

  • More than 600,000 Facebook accounts alone are compromised every day.

  • 33.63% computers are affected by malware.

- 78.92% are Trojans
- 10.78% are worms
- 7.44% are viruses
- 2.69% are adware
- 0.17% are other malware



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