A Decade of Hacking

A look at the most important data breaches, cyber-attacks, and malware strains of the last decade

Over the past decade, we’ve seen it all. We’ve had monstrous data breaches, years of prolific hacktivism, plenty of nation-state cyber-espionage operations, almost non-stop financially-motivated cybercrime, and destructive malware that has rendered systems unusable.

Below is a summary of the most important events of the 2010s, ordered by year. We didn’t necessarily look at the biggest breaches or the most extensive hacking operations but instead focused on hacks and techniques that gave birth to a new cyber-security trend or were a paradigm shift in how experts looked at the entire field of cyber-security.

From the Stuxnet attacks of 2010 to China’s extensive mass-surveillance of the Uyghur minority, we selected the most relevant events and explained why they were important.

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