The Biggest Hacks in History

Security experts stress password strength. And, for good reason! The collective digital landscape is as dangerous as it is vast. Malware, spyware, phishing scams, DDoS attacks … the hackers of the world will stop at nothing to pry your data loose. As such, internet security is very, very big business. But if history has taught us anything it’s that even the safest, most expensive virus protection software has its faults.

Today on FilthyRich, we explore the most devastating hacks in digital history. Though the instances on this list may vary in approach, victim, motive, and resolution, they all share the same cautionary overtone. If you aren’t careful, internet hackers will take advantage of you. And sometimes being careful isn’t nearly enough.

The Conficker Worm

The Conficker Worm (often referred to as Downadup or Kido) surfaced back in 2009 and has been doing significant damage ever since. Once your computer is infected with the virus, the Conficker Worm can deactivate your antivirus software, convert your computer into a mindless, spamming zombie, and even read and transmit sensitive information like credit card numbers and passwords. To this day, the Conficker Worm is doing damage to computers all over the world.