In the digitalised world we live in today where a lot of business is conducted online, we frequently hear about cyber-attacks in the news. Cyber-attacks are an increasing threat to companies who over the years have experienced computer system attacks and interference, causing compromised, misused or stolen data.
There are pitfalls everywhere you look on the public space we call the Internet. Knowing the threat helps you to defend against it. We give you 3 types of cyber-attacks, in particular, that you should be aware of in order to protect your systems and data.
Data and identity stealing
There is a black-market ecosystem for all the private information you hold dear. Which is why you need to protect your personal data. Data and identity stealing can have several forms. An example is phishing where criminals send fake emails that encourage users to click a link to provide information. When the user clicks, the cyber criminals are able to access private details like credit card information, passwords, bank account details and more. By using a private key through an internet security mechanism to access the internet before you start surfing, allows you to take action for protecting personal data.
Malware and ransomware
This kind of cyber-attack can also begin as a phishing scam. The difference here is that the attacker inserts malicious software onto the computer after the linked is clicked. Afterwards, you might receive a message notifying that you must pay a certain amount of money to the attackers or risk damage done to files or publications of sensitive documents. Anti-virus software can be a part of the solution. Unfortunately, an anti-virus software upgrade only works as a patch by using specific operating systems. The other part of the solution is you. Think twice before you click a link coming from a suspicious sender.
These man-in-the-middle cyberattacks can occur any time you use a public Wi-Fi at a hotel, restaurant or coffee shop. The cybercriminal sits in the facility and waits patiently for innocent people to log on to the Wi-Fi and access your private accounts, apps or email. Once you have started your transactions, the criminal acts as an unseen man-in-the middle for your activities and conversations. The criminal does this by using his computer to mirror your screen and conduct activities like tapping money from your account or using the data to bill for purchases on e-commerce sites to your account. The best way to eliminate this kind of attack, is to use an encrypted Internet connection or use a secure browser.
Related: Goldeneye cyberattack.
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