As work and life become increasingly digital, a skilled cybersecurity department is critical for your business, and it’s not hard to see why. Google the term “cyber attack,” and you’ll find names like eBay, TJX, and even Target on the list of recent victims. When sites like these are hacked, it allows the intruder access to the sensitive financial information of millions of customers and causes cybersecurity horror stories that can be nearly impossible to recover from. Other types of attacks can shut down businesses or drastically reduce income over the course of the intrusion.

While large corporations are often the biggest targets of attacks, small businesses and individuals are just as vulnerable. From stolen money to industrial espionage, here are a few cybersecurity horror stories organizations are at risk for every day.


This form of malicious software blocks access to your files then demands a “ransom” sum for their safe recovery.