In an increasingly digital world, a daily battle is being waged over the safety of internet users’ data. The 3.9 billion people who use the Web to shop, invest, communicate with friends or interact with healthcare providers are constantly providing personal information that can offer entry points to their financial assets, health histories and credit records. The cyberthieves working to steal this data are increasing in number and sophistication, as recent online attacks demonstrate. Some hackers offer their stolen wares for sale on the so-called Dark Web; others seek to extort money from victims by, in effect, making them buy back their own data. “Cybercriminals are evolving and pushing the boundaries,” one analyst said. In response, companies are strengthening security measures and governments at all levels are imposing new rules to contain the threat.read full report
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A computer attacked by the Petya virus is reflected in a user’s glasses. The hack paralyzed Ukraine’s central bank. (Donat Sorokin/TASS via Getty Images)