8 Cyber Attacks That Every Organization Should Be Aware Of
The increased internet connectivity results in more security vulnerabilities. Cyber attacks are the exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Cyber attacks target the confidential information or data that your organization holds.
To avoid cyber attacks, every company is taking measures toward cybersecurity.
But regardless how safe your system feels, every organization should be aware of all kinds of online threats.
Here are 8 types of cyber attacks that your organization should be aware of:
Phishing is the most sophisticated form of cyber attack. Their target is to steal confidential data like login details, bank details, credit card details by disguising as a legitimate site. A phishing attack is usually carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging. They direct users to a link which looks same as legitimate site and lure the customer to add their details and thus they fall into their trap.
Malware, also known as malicious software, is a file or a code, delivered by an attacker over a network to infect, explore or steal data. The code used by Malware can be described as a computer virus, worm, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, scareware. Through malware attack, an attacker can have a remote control of the infected machine. They can send spam from the infected machine to unsuspected targets. They can also infect the user’s local network and can also steal data.
Hackers need a password to access the sensitive data, like client database, payment card details, and other information. To protect the password, more complicated passwords and advanced security techniques like multi-factor authentication are used. But hackers use different methods to break the password security system. A hacker uses a program or script to crack the password.
A denial-of-service attack is a cyber attack to disrupt the machine or network, making it inaccessible to the intended users. This attack is accomplished by flooding the target network with traffic to overload the system, preventing the legitimate request from being unfulfilled.
A botnet is a number of internet-connected devices infected by a malware, that are under control of attackers. The attacking party can command every computer on its botnet to simultaneously perform a large-scale cybercrime.
Many companies fall victim to a cyber attack because of unpatched software with known vulnerabilities. The unpatched software is the most serious cybersecurity risk for businesses. The exploitation of the known vulnerabilities is still the root cause of most breaches.
7.Social Media Threats
Social Media accounts are used to promote the brand, increase popularity and reach social media traffic. But social media is also a risk for a company. Attackers can create fake social media profile of an employee to dig out important information from a company. Attackers can also hack social media accounts. They can also compromise social media network with malicious code, as a result any visitor to the site will be susceptible to an attack.
SQL Injection (SQLi) attack is the most dangerous for a website or web application. It is a code injection technique where an attacker executes the malicious SQL statements to control a web application’s database server. The SQL Injection vulnerability affects any website or web application that uses a SQL-based database.