Tech conflict: Apple vs spies and ransomware, digitalization faces crisis.


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The findings reveal a staggering 2.6 billion personal data records compromised in the last two years. A study, led by MIT professor Dr. Stuart Madnick and commissioned by Apple, indicates a global surge in data leaks. The incidents tripled from 2013 to 2022, reaching the mentioned figure over the past two years.

This trend persisted in 2023, with a recent report underlining historically high security threats that continue to rise. In response, tech companies are proactively adopting measures, such as Apple's implementation of end-to-end encryption technologies, exemplified by the Enhanced Data Protection for iCloud launched last year.

This feature ensures maximum security, bolstering user protection even in the face of a breach. iCloud, already safeguarding 14 sensitive data categories, expands to 23 when Enhanced Protection is activated. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, emphasizes the company's readiness to combat threats and ongoing commitment to tool development.

Digitalization is identified as a contributing factor to the escalating number of leaks, with thousands of incidents annually exposing the personal data of millions. Hackers, evolving their tactics, pose a threat even to organizations with advanced security systems. The report highlights that users adhering to security measures may still be at risk if entrusted organizations store their data in clear text.

Hackers often target a company's less secure partners to gain access to credentials or information facilitating attacks on the primary target's employees and networks. Apple asserts its products' safety on the market, citing features like Lock Mode, designed to defend against severe threats like spyware intrusion.

In the U.S., the first nine months of 2023 witnessed a 20% increase in leaks compared to the entire 2022, with particular concern surrounding the rise in ransomware attacks.