Coronavirus or COVID19 has increased the dependency on Digital networks for carrying out professional aactivites. Cybersecurity becomes lot more important. The following are the prominent cyberattacks which occurred during COVID19 pandemic:
· Zoomcar data hacked. The hacker is offering to sell data of 9 million Zoomcar users for $300.
· Unacademy hacked and data up for sale.
· Cybercriminals have been targeting U.S. military organizations with coronavirus-related spear phishing schemes, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) said Monday in a release. “Even though many supplies, services and leisure activities have slowed down or come to a screeching halt, the one thing that has remained the same — or even gained momentum — is cyber-espionage,” the DC3 said in the announcement.
· Security breach in the COVID19 tracking app in India, Aarogya Setu.
· Zoom critical zero-day exploits were sold on the dark web.
· Anonymous hacker group re-emerging after 4 years and the group has since allegedly taken down the Minneapolis Police Department’s website and has also released documents that appear to prove, among other things, the killing of Princess Diana by Britain’s royal family, and allegations of rape of a 13-year-old by now US president, Donald Trump.
· A cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds.
Besides the use of AI to replace humans in repetitive tasks, data becomes an important asset to achieve global power. Cybersecurity assumes a lot more importance in 2020 because:
• Increased availability of high-speed internet, rapid digitization happening globally, and an equivalent growth in cybercrimes to gain unauthorized access to confidential and sensitive information, data and network security assume prioritized significance.
• Cyber related crimes are estimated to cause damages about $6tn worldwide.
• Fastest-growing segment. The market grew by 35X over 13 years.
• Forbes stated “Cybersecurity – job sector of the future” in one of its articles. The focus on cybersecurity in the next 5 years throughout the world by private companies & national governments.
• Huge supply gap estimated; approximately 3.5 million vacancies will be present in the cybersecurity job sector by 2021.
• Promotion of the Digital India scheme by the Government of India through.
• Exponential growth in online transactions.
• Digitization of government records.
• Citizens availing e-services from businesses and the government ever-increasing.
• Hacktivism being identified as a form of protest.
• Relatively low awareness among the masses about Cyber threats.