Rob Spiegel

January 26, 2015

2 Min Read
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks

In every single month in 2014, the cyber world experienced an attack that would have made the top-three list in any previous year. The numbers were stunning all year long: 56 million hacked at Home Depot, 76 million at JP Morgan Chase. Target, K-Mart, UPS, and the year's most colorful attack -- Sony Pictures Entertainment -- all got hit.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack grabbed so much cyber ink, nobody noticed that the company's PlayStation network was attacked -- yet again -- in early December, creating a system-wide outage. This month-by-month list is mind-numbing. And we left off the small hacks that only affected a few hundred thousand users.

The fear in the connected world is that these attacks are the equivalent of the USS Cole and the US Embassy attacks in Africa -- small-but-significant indications of the big one that's on the way. It's disconcerting to think the hackers remain a step or two ahead of the protection crew.

Click on the image below for a month-by-month, blow-by-blow breakdown of 2014's biggest cyber attacks.


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Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine, Chile Pepper.

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Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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