Beware Of These Potential Cyber Attacks
If you think your electronic devices are completely secure, think again. You’d be surprised how, with one just one click, your personal data could be compromised. Or, someone is controlling your device without you even realizing it.
Every error no matter how small may expose our devices to different threats. Occurring in the virtual world, they are also known as cyber-attacks, a crime of altering, disrupting, or dismantling a system, network, program, or information stored in a person’s devices in order to obtain certain information or to simply damage the system.
There are several types of attacks that hackers use. First, there’s malware, a term that refers to a variety of dangerous software loaded with viruses and ransomware. A malware breach can result in system takeover, with our activities being monitored by the hacker, and data theft.
The second type is phishing, aimed to steal important and sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, PINs, and others. Phishing is commonly done through email attachments.
DoS (Denial of Service) is the third type; it prevents users’ access to a frequently visited website by disrupting the site’s servers. To do that, the hacker would overwhelm the servers with volumes of queries from a multitude of computers until the servers are unable to respond to new queries.
The fourth type is SQL Injection, intended to gain access to a system’s database. This attack takes advantage of the system’s security gap, e.g. when filters of various input characters typically used in SQL code are unavailable.
The fifth type, Man in the Middle, is when the hacker stands between the correspondences between two users. The hacker then is able to read all of the information between the communicating parties.
Cross-Site Scripting (CSS) is what happens when a hacker injects certain codes to a trusted website. As the result, the hacker can capture the entire users’ information, e.g. passwords, PINs, and others submitted to the website.
Finally, there is Credential Reuse; this attack re-uses the information they obtain through the launch of various attacks to, among others, access another account of the same user. Be aware of this threat especially if you use the same username and password for multiple accounts.
It is possible for a hacker to launch more than one attacks at the same time. Protect yourself and your devices. Engage professionals to increase your optimum data security.