Global Data Breach Crisis: 10 Countries on High Alert, Including Canada

  • By Farrukh Mushtaq

    Farrukh Mushtaq

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    Farrukh Mushtaq, a digital marketer at PureSquare, possesses a keen interest in cybersecurity and enjoys writing about it. With several years of experience in the digital marketing industry, he brings expertise and passion to his work.

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  • 4 July 2024
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Data breaches are an increasing threat in the modern technology world. These crimes can expose sensitive information causing serious harm to both individuals and corporations. 

Here is a list of ten countries that are currently dealing with serious data breaches, including Canada. We'll look at the implications of these breaches and discuss steps you may take to secure yourself online.

The Rise of Ransomware in Indonesia and the Global Cybersecurity Threat

A recent ransomware attack on Indonesia's Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) 2 knocked down servers for various government entities, interrupting essential operations such as immigration. 

This incident emphasizes the necessity for strong cybersecurity measures to protect critical infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated attacks.

But Indonesia isn't alone. Attacks involving ransomware are an increasing global threat, affecting both advanced and developing countries. 

Top 10 Countries Hit Hardest By Data Security Attacks

The United States has experienced far more data breaches than Russia. On average, Americans have lost three times more data points as a result of breaches, with over 12.5 billion affected. 

While both countries leak ordinary data such as names and passwords, Russia has a major case involving the selling of millions of credit cardholder records.

China has had a huge data breach, with billions of data points exposed, including personal information such as usernames, passwords, and IP addresses. This makes it among the countries most affected by data leaks, along with France, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy.

In Canada, there have been more than 621 million data breaches involving personal information. A significant hack on Desjardins Group in June 2023 exposed data from 4.2 million clients.

What Strategies These Countries Made to Avoid Breaches?

Here are some potential strategies these countries could consider:

They make public awareness efforts to educate citizens on digital hygiene, strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and how to detect phishing attempts.

They are improving data protection rules and imposing greater breach penalties. Organizational security measures include encouraging enterprises and government organizations to use safe data storage procedures, updating software regularly, and teaching employees about cybersecurity protocols.

Collaboration involves exchanging information about cyber dangers and developing coordinated methods to address them. They are investigating encryption, intrusion detection systems, and firewalls to strengthen online security.

Global Effort Required: Combating Data Breaches on Various Fronts

While Canada is one of several countries dealing with large data breaches, it is vital to realize that this is a worldwide issue. 

Combating cybercrime necessitates international coordination, as well as ongoing efforts to increase cybersecurity measures at the individual and national levels. 

By collaborating, we can improve data security and prevent sensitive information from slipping into the wrong hands.
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