Guest Post: Atlas VPN Notes That Personal Data Compromises Have Surged By Almost 40% In Q2, 2021

Millions of individuals and organizations are affected every day by cyberattacks that threaten to steal sensitive data.

According to the recent Atlas VPN team findings, personal data compromises are up 38% in Q2 over Q1 2021. Healthcare and financial services remain one of the most targeted sectors by hackers as they can benefit from stolen data or a paid ransom.

During the first quarter of 2021, ITRC recorded 355 total compromises. February was the most hurtful as over 35 million people were impacted across 111 cyberattacks.

In the second quarter of this year, ITRC recorded 491 threats. Despite the increase in data compromises, the number of victims decreased by 20% when comparing both quarters.

June had the most threats by far — 203. However, at the same time, the lowest number of individuals were affected during this month — nearly 7 million.

Cybersecurity writer and researcher at Atlas VPN William Sword shares his thoughts on the increase of cyberattacks:

“Cyberattacks on various industries continue to grow as hackers keep evolving their attack techniques and becoming more viscous. Adding cybersecurity measures such as firewall or antivirus to your devices and educating yourself on how most hacks work would help to decrease cyber threats tremendously.”

Most targeted sectors

Hackers usually target those businesses that do not have implemented good cybersecurity practices.

The healthcare industry continues to be one of the most targeted, as it suffered 162 data compromises in the first half of 2021. Disrupted services could lead to delayed care to patients, so most hospitals end up paying the ransom.

The second most attacked industry was financial services, which experienced 132 threats. Cybercriminals specifically target this sector as they can demand a bigger ransom or steal valuable consumer data such as credit card information.

Next up, the manufacturing and utility industry recorded 98 incidents. The attacks on this sector have recently been growing due to more companies using more automation and Internet-of-Things technologies across the production chain.

Following after, the professional services sector experienced 75 compromises. The primary factor for attacks is that such businesses usually have access to confidential and sensitive client information.

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