Paul is Comparitech’s editor and a regular commentator on cyber security and privacy topics in national and international media including New York Times, BBC, Forbes, The Guardian and many others. He's been writing about the tech industry since 2012 for publications like Tech in Asia, Mashable, and various startup blogs.
Paul has an in-depth knowledge of VPNs, having been an early adopter while looking to access the open internet during this time in China.
He previously worked in Beijing as an editor for Tech in Asia, and has been writing and reporting on technology for the last decade. He has also volunteered as a teacher for older adults learning basic tech literacy and cyber awareness. You can find him on Twitter at @pabischoff.
In 2020, 77 individual ransomware attacks affected over 1,740 schools and colleges, potentially impacting 1.36 million students. We estimate that these attacks cost education institutions $6.62 billion in downtime alone. Most schools will have also faced astronomical recovery costs as they tried to restore computers, recover data, and shore up their systems to prevent future […]
In 2020, the world entered completely new territory–in more ways than one. Despite the number of data breaches within the United States dropping by 19 percent from 2019, organizations began to face different kinds of threats, especially toward the end of the year. With the sudden need for employees and students to work from home, […]
It’s no secret that China’s use of facial recognition technology (FRT) is the most invasive in the world. In our recent analysis of how 100 countries use FRT, China had the worst score with the most widespread use of the technology. But in a recent twist, China’s Supreme Court has given citizens the right to […]
When it comes to cybercrime costs, astronomical figures are often involved. So, you’d be forgiven for thinking each country has in-depth reports on the subject and knows the cost of these crimes within their country. However, as our report demonstrates, cybercrime is still severely underreported by police and government entities and the true monetary value remains […]
In recent years, phishing attacks have fast become the favored method for criminals to steal data from unsuspecting victims. These attacks have risen by almost 815 percent in just two years, with as many as 74 percent of US organizations experiencing a successful phishing attack in 2020. Last year, cybercriminals were quick to put the […]