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10 of the Spookiest Cyber Attacks of 2012!

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY Threat Metrix. 10 OF THE SPOOKIEST CYBER ATTACKS in 2012 Interested in a good scare this Halloween? Look no further than your own computer, mobile or tablet device. ThreatMetrix, the fastest-growing provider of cybercrime prevention solutions, has identified 10 of this year's spookiest cyber attacks. With threats looming everywhere from banks and web browsers to online dating and social networking sites, this list is sure to leave you with goosebumps. ZAPPOS ONE CYBERTHEFT hacked the information of 24 MILLION Zappos/Amazon customers. What was compromised: NAMES EMAIL ADDRESSES PHONE NUMBERS BILLING ADDRESSES CREDIT CARD NUMBERS WELLS FARGO SCARY FAÇT: Wells Fargo's website capacity was filled with garbage, blocking real visitors. As electronic and online banking becomes more popular, consumers welcome new problems, like ongoing hacker attacks, zombie bank accounts, mass credit card security breaches and lack of real customer service representatives to call for help. This potentially compromised 70 MILLION CUSTOMERS Other banks believed to be compromised by foreign attacks: AND BANK OF AMERICA 8.5 MILLION JPMORGAN CHASE WELLS FARGO U.S. BANK ACTIVE VIEWERS. PNC BANKS 3. LINKEDIN & EHARMONY Within 24 hours 65 MILLION LINKEDIN PASSWORDS were put at risk and These combined attacks put 30,000 the personal information of PASSWORDS WERE CRACKED MILLIONS AT RISK. AND 1.5 MILLION EHARMONY PASSWORDS were stolen and posted to an online password cracking forum. ANDROID SCARY FACT: Earlier this year, hackers used fake versions of 198 million the Android Instagram app that sent expensive text messages from the users' phones. Currently, Android owners' memory cards are at risk of being wiped clean by a malicious link or malicious app. MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER Security hole discovered in September SCARY FACT: Hackers have access to personal allows hackers to install malicious data and account information on software on Windows computers. compromised computers. 41% of Internet users in North America at risk 32% of Internet users world-wide at risk GLOBAL DATA INC. (VISA & MASTERCARD) A breach on the data card processing system allowed hackers to gain 1.5 MILLION CARD NUMBERS BUT NAMES, ADDRESSES AND SNS WERE NOT STOLEN. YAHOO! VOICES Hacking group D33DS COMPANY D33DS leaked PASSWORDS FOR 453,492 Yahoo! Voice accounts through a SQL injection. GO DADDY SPECULATION: The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to take down thousands of sites on September 10. Go Daddy later denied the incident. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Data security breach compromised SCARY FACT: The EPA 8,000 EMPLOYEES' waited four months to notify the and others' SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS individuals affected. AND BANKING INFORMATION. 10 GHOSTSHELL The Anonymous-related group, GHOSTSHELL leaked 120,000 RECORDS from top universities by INJECTING MALWARE AND VULNERABLE LINKS. SCARY FACT: The list includes Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan, Tokyo University, New York University, Princeton and the University of Rome.

10 of the Spookiest Cyber Attacks of 2012!

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Interested in a good scare this Halloween? Look no further than your own computer, mobile or tablet device!

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