Today In Data: Where Are All These Cybercriminals Coming From?

Cybercriminals have been busy the last few years, leaving law enforcement to clean up their messes the world over. Recent cyberattacks have been traced back to North Korea, though the government denies involvement, and it’s conceivable that the activity is coming from an independent group of rogue individuals who just happen to be based in North Korea.

But North Korea isn’t the only country spawning digital desperadoes. Here’s who else has been busy, by the numbers:

50,000,000 | Roubles ($892,000) stolen by Russian cybercriminals in a small mobile banking heist last fall that may have been a practice round for wider hits in greater Europe.

3,500 | Devices infected per day by the Android malware “Cron” that was used in the heist (Cron also became the name of the group that created and spread the malware).

16 | Suspects under arrest by Russian law enforcement for likely participation in the Cron malware attacks.

300,000 | Computers infected by the WannaCry global cyberattack, which Symantec on Tuesday announced it had traced back to a group called Lazarus in North Korea.

47,000 | Social Security numbers of celebrities, freelancers, and current and former Sony employees leaked by the 2014 Sony hacker attack. In 2015, a settlement was reached in the class action lawsuit filed by former Sony employees and the attack was traced back to North Korea – likely the same origin point as the WannaCry attacks.



Digital transformation has been forcefully accelerated, but how does that agility translate into the fight against COVID-era attacks and sophisticated identity threats? As millions embrace online everything, preserving digital trust now falls mostly on banks and FIs. Now, advances in identity data and using different weights on the payment mix afford new opportunities to arm organizations and their customers against cyberthreats. From the latest in machine learning for fraud and risk, to corporate treasury teams working in new ways with new datasets, learn from experts how digital identity, together with advances like real-time payments, combine to engender trust and enrich relationships.

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