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Hacking Statistics

  • There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.
  • Russian hackers are the fastest.
  • 300,000 new malware is created every day.
  • Multi-factor authentication and encryption are the biggest hacker obstacles.
  • You can become an American citizen for $6,000.
  • The average cost of data breaches will be about 150 million in 2020.
  • The cybersecurity budget in the US is $14.98 billion.
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Outrageous Hacking Statistics

Some of the cyber breaches are audacious, others outrageous, yet others simply stunning.

1. There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.

By the time the average person takes a selfie and uploads it to Instagram, the next hacker attack has already taken place.

2. Cybercrime is more profitable than the global illegal drug trade.

The profit from the illegal drug industry amounts to around $400 billion annually. For comparison, cybercriminals have earned a total of around $600 billion in 2018.

3. Hackers steal 75 records every second.

Cybersecurity facts show us the average number of record stolen per second. Breaches are actually a lot rarer than that – it’s just that each breach allows for a lot of records to be stolen.

4. 66% of businesses attacked by hackers weren’t confident they could recover.

Most businesses don’t really know if they’re prepared for a cyber attack. Actually, 75% of all businesses don’t even have a formal cyber attack response plan.

Cyber attacks statistics reveal that in 2018:

5. 73% of black hat hackers said traditional firewall and antivirus security is irrelevant or obsolete.

According to the same survey, 80% of hackers say “humans are the most responsible for security breaches”.

6. The cybersecurity budget in the US was $14.98 billion in 2019.

In just two years, the U.S. cybersecurity budget rose by almost 14%. It used to be just $13.15 billion in 2017.

Like everything, there’s a balance in the cyber-world as well. Hacking facts show that:

7. White hat hackers earned over $19 million in bounties in 2018.

What’s interesting here is that 81% of them learned their craft mostly through blogs and educational materials online. Only 6% completed a formal class.

8. There are over 715,000 cybersecurity experts employed in the US alone.

There were 313,735 job openings for cybersecurity experts until August 2018. This number will continue to grow as we’ll see a bit later. Cybersecurity statistics assure us this will be one of the best paying jobs in the near future. Are you learning stuff? Good, those stats are awesome. All these numbers look impressive, don’t they? There are more to come, but let’s pause for a second to see the world through hackers’ eyes.

Hackers see it differently, though – their question is “What can I make it do?”

These statistics on hacking may not help us understand how a hacker thinks, but we can make some definitive conclusions about their nature. First off, let me explain the difference between a black hat hacker, a white hat hacker, and grey hat hacker.

Black hat hackers are hackers with criminal intent. White hat hackers are hired to test the security of a system. They have permission to do it. Grey hat hackers don’t have criminal motives, but once they start exploiting a system, they can break some laws.

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