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Biggest Government Cyberattacks

The government industry is
a prime target for hackers…

Economic and political motivations mean there is a demand for private
government information – from global, state-funded hacking, to cyberattacks on local
councils, cybersecurity is a big concern for governments worldwide.

In the following video we take a look at 7 of the biggest government
cyberattacks from the last 7 years.

2011: The Paris G20 summit

An email containing a PDF attachment infected with malware was sent around the French Ministry of Finance. The virus infected around 150 computers with access to confidential G20 data.

2012: US Office of Personnel Management

Two separate attacks were launched on the US Office of Personnel Management between 2012 and 2015. Hackers stole around 22 million records including social security numbers, addresses and even fingerprint data.

2014: Aadhaar

Personal information, including email addresses, phone numbers and even thumbprints and retina scans, for over 1 billion Indian citizens was stolen from the Aadhaar database. The data was reported to have sold online for as little as £6.

2015: Germany Parliament Offices

Offices of 16 parliamentarians including the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, were compromised – with mailboxes copied and internal data uncovered.

2016: US Clinton Campaign

The personal email account of John Podesta, chairman of Hilary Clinton’s US presidential campaign, was compromised with over 20,000 emails were leaked, potentially derailing the campaign which ultimately lost. The Democratic National Committee were targeted in the same year, with around 20,000 emails from key staff leaked including confidential party secrets.

2017: Ukraine Government officials

Malware was originally planted on a popular Ukrainian tax update site, spreading across finance and services sites, and even reaching the US, UK Germany, France and other countries. The virus dubbed ‘NotPetya’ infected computers and wrote over files.

2018: Northern Ireland Parliament offices

The Northern Irish parliament was hit by a brute force attack which gave hackers access to member’s mailboxes. The parliament IT department were able to disable compromised accounts, and staff have been urged to make their passwords longer and a greater combination of letters, numbers and special characters.

Government data is worth so much to hackers – often supported and funded by opposition parties or states. It’s important to keep all data, including emails, files and networks secure. Regularly update passwords and keep them unique. Talk to us for more ideas on how to protect your private data against online threats.

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