#WhatTheTech – Halloween Special Edition
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#WhatTheTech – Halloween Special Edition


There’s a shadowy threat lurking around the corner. It’s closer than you think, ready to strike at any moment. But it’s not the kind of ghosts and ghouls you’re thinking of: it’s on your computer… Welcome to this Halloween special edition of What The Tech. We’ve hand-picked a list of the top 5 cybersecurity horror stories from 2019. They’ll make you squirm, scream and shiver – or maybe just make you change your passwords. The crypto-currency, Bitcoin, is essentially a computer file stored in a digital wallet app on your computer or smartphone. Illegal and underground activities can benefit from the ability to move money in untraceable ways, enabling criminals to benefit from tax evasion and the illegal drug trade. Research from the University of Maryland suggests that malicious hackers can break into a computer once every 39 seconds. Having non-secure usernames and passwords gives the attackers more chance at success at attempting to break into your computer. Businesses, healthcare providers, and local governments have been continuously targeted by cyber criminals, putting both customer and company at risk. The scariest thing is that not only does the medical industry handle patient’s personal information but if malware infects certain medical instruments then it could lead to fatalities. It has been estimated that cyber-attacks will total £4.7 trillion pounds by 2021, which is horrifying considering they don’t leave a visible, physical wake of destruction like natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes do. What makes you the next perfect victim for a cyber attack? Why, it’s simply just thinking that you’re not worth being attacked. With 60% of small businesses going out of business within six months of a cyber attack, it’s important to prepare for the worst. If that wasn’t enough scary cyber-security stories for you, you can find more on all of these spooky stories at hyve.com/WhatTheTech

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