Cyber Crimes

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Cybercrime is a crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Cybercrime may harm someone's security and financial health. 
 

Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device, or a network. While most cybercrimes are carried out to generate profit for the cybercriminals, some cybercrimes are carried out against computers or devices directly to damage or disable them. 
 

This article discusses recent cyber crimes.  

Some of the bigger cyber attacks of the year even had damaging real-world implications, which served to bring cybercrime to mainstream attention, and the top of national security agendas, particularly in the US and UK. 

Meanwhile, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continued to loom large, with cyber criminals showing no shame as they attempted to disrupt organizations in the healthcare sector. 

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 cyber crime stories:  

Though it did not trouble the fuel supply at petrol stations in the UK, the Darkside – the operator of the largest fuel pipeline in the US – in May 2021 was one of the most impactful cyber incidents of recent years. Indeed, it may have prompted concerted action against ransomware gangs at long last – time will tell. 

It was a 4 July summer blockbuster as the payment from over 1,000 businesses whose IT systems were locked after the gang compromised services provider Kaseya in a classic example of a supply chain hack 

Ransomware gangs come and go for many reasons, but one thing is certain, whether a rebrand of an existing group or a new player in the game, there will always be someone else ready to take their place. 

On the morning of 14 May, the Conti ransomware gang hit the headlines of the service executive in a callous and truly heartless cyber attack. 

Cybercriminals also tried their best to disrupt the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine program in Europe, when data relating to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which was stolen in December 2020 following a cyber attack against the European Medicines Agency was leaked.  

In June, police in 16 countries launched multiple raids after intercepting the communications of organized criminal groups. The gangs had been sending messages on an encrypted communications network 

In March, Computer Weekly broke the news that the fashion retailer gang following a successful cyber attack on its systems that took place in January. 

Over the years, Computer Weekly has often covered data loss incidents at organizations that failed to secure their databases correctly, so it was gratifying in May to find that cybercriminals and fraudsters are bad at operational security too.  

Roy Castle and Cheryl Baker taught a generation of British schoolchildren that records are made to be broken, so perhaps members of the Ravil ransomware gang also watched BBC1 after school when they were younger.  

Finally, in July 2021, we reported on how the increasing sophistication of the cybercriminal underground was being reflected in operations, seeking out specialist talent and skillsets. 

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