Hacking techniques are ever-evolving, and it’s important to keep up with new threats.
Social Engineering & Phishing
Social engineering is an attempt to get you to share personal information, usually by impersonating a trusted source.
Many types of social engineering bait come in the form of phishing emails, whereas a clever hacker sends you a message that looks like it’s from someone you know, asking you to do something, like wire them money, or to click/download an infected attachment to see more.
“The top malicious email attachment types are .doc and .dot which make up 37%. The next highest is .exe at 19.5%,” according to Symatec’s Internet Security
Threat Report, so be cautious of opening these types of attachments. They can infect your device with malware, giving bad actors control of your data.
2:-Other one is very dangerous Malware-Injecting Devices
Cybercriminals can use hardware to sneak malware onto your computer. You may have heard of infected USB sticks, which can give hackers remote access to your device as soon as they’re plugged into your computer.
All it takes is for one person to give you a malware-ridden USB stick, and by simply plugging it into your computer, you’re infected. Clever hackers are using cords now to inject malware— like USB cablesand mouse cords— so it’s crucial to always think before plugging anything into a work device or into a personal advice with access to work-related data.
Hackers can obtain your credentials through a number of means, but commonly they do so through a practice called keylogging. Through a social engineering attack, you could accidentally download software that records your keystrokes, saving your usernames and passwords as you enter them. This and other forms of “spyware” are malware that track your activity until a hacker has what they need to strike. And it’s not just downloading you have to worry about, attackers can deploy malware on the users machine if they are in your environment and capture your credentials via keylogging too.
There are also password cracking programs that can run letter and character combinations, guessing passwords in a matter of minutes, even seconds. For instance, a five-character password could have about 100 different combinations, and a savvy password cracker could run through them all in seconds.
4:-Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS)
This hacking technique is aimed at taking down a website, so that a user cannot access it or deliver their service. DoS attacks work by inundating the target’s server with large influxes of traffic. The amount is so frequent and high that it overloads the server by giving it more requests than it can handle. Ultimately, your server crashes and your website goes down with it.
Larger businesses can get hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which is a synchronized attack on more than one server or website, potentially taking down numerous online assets.
What you can do: Use a cloud protection service or DDoS mitigation services to protect your business from a site takedown.
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