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PYMNTS’ Daily Data Dive: Email Hacker Takes $100M

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It’s hard to hide any wrongdoings in today’s tech-infused world. Everything is recorded, timestamped, photographed and filed into the wonderful arena of the Internet.

The U.S. Department of Justice just announced it has caught an email hacker who made away with a small fortune redhanded.

Here are the numbers:

$100 million | Amount of money stolen from hacker

2 | U.S. businesses hacked in this case

45 percent | Increase of business email compromise attacks in Q4 2016

45,000 | Number of email attacks examined by just Proofpoint between July and December 2016

$3.1 billion | Total amount stolen via BEC attacks since 2013

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