List of cyberattacks

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A cyberattack is any type of offensive maneuver employed by individuals or whole organizations that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks, and/or personal computer devices by various means of malicious acts usually originating from an anonymous source that either steals, alters, or destroys a specified target by hacking into a susceptible system.

This article contains a list of cyberattacks.

Indiscriminate attacks[edit]

These attacks are wide-ranging, global and do not seem to discriminate among governments and companies.

Destructive attacks[edit]

These attacks relate to inflicting damage on specific organizations.

Cyberwarfare[edit]

These are politically motivated destructive attacks aimed at sabotage and espionage.

Government espionage[edit]

These attacks relate to stealing information from/about government organizations.

Corporate espionage[edit]

These attacks relate to stealing data from corporations related to proprietary methods or emerging products/services.

Stolen e-mail addresses and login credentials[edit]

These attacks relate to stealing login information for specific web resources.

  • 2011 PlayStation Network outage, 2011 attack resulting in stolen credentials and incidentally causing network disruption
  • Vestige – in 2010, a band of anonymous hackers has rooted the servers of the site and leaked half a gigabyte's worth of its private data.[15]
  • IEEE – in September 2012, it exposed user names, plaintext passwords, and website activity for almost 100,000 of its members.[16]
  • LivingSocial – in 2014, the company suffered a security breach that has exposed names, e-mail addresses and password data for up to 50 million of its users.[17]
  • Adobe – in 2013, Hackers obtained access to Adobe's networks and stole user information and downloaded the source code for some of Adobe programs.[18] It attacked 150 million customers.[18]
  • RockYou – in 2009, the company experienced a data breach resulting in the exposure of over 32 million user accounts.
  • Yahoo! – in 2012, hackers posted login credentials for more than 453,000 user accounts.[19] Again in January 2013[20] and in January 2014[21]

Stolen credit card and financial data[edit]

Stolen medical-related data[edit]

  • By May, three healthcare payer organizations had been attacked in the United States in 2014 and 2015: Anthem, Premera Blue Cross and CareFirst. The three attacks together netted information on more than 91 million people.[39]

Hacktivism[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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