​Types of Cyber Security Attacks

Cyber Security Attacks

The internet has become one of the most powerful tools in the modern world as it is can be used for virtually anything. From social networking to building a media empire, it is impossible to run a successful business in today’s world without utilizing the internet in some form. Despite the great things that the Internet can do, there are still some pitfalls that can be encountered when you’re connected. Anyone with access to an Internet connection runs the risk of being hacked, or facing a breach in cyber security in some way. Of course, this threat normally comes without any warning so being aware of the different types of cyber attacks can be crucial for preventative measures. Here are 5 types of cyber attacks that you may encounter in business and what they will mean for you. 

Malware -  One of the most common types of cyber security attacks that you may come across is malware, which is known as malicious software and comes in various different forms. You may have heard of some of these such as:

  • Viruses - Attach themselves to clean files and affect them. They can then spread and once out of control can damage the functionality of your system.
  • Trojans - This is a more discrete type of malware which presents itself to be legitimate but creates openings for other types of malware to enter.
  • Spyware- Spyware is self explanatory, it’s main purpose is to spy on you in order to steal critical information. Credit card information, passwords, your internet history, etc.
  • Adware- Though Adware may not always present malicious ads sometimes the ads can compromise security in order to bombard you with popups, without your knowledge.

Avoiding aggressive ads, suspicious emails, or links that do not look legitimate are all ways to prevent malware.

Phishing - Phishing attacks are sent through email, usually inside of a link or attachment that Phisher’s want you to click and send personal information through. These emails may look as if they are coming from a trusted source but they are actually coming from hackers. For example, if you get an email from Instagram or Twitter telling you to confirm your email or change your password be sure that you’ve authorized it. Clicking suspicious links can lead to a dummy site that will give phisher’s access to your now vulnerable system.

DOS (Denial of Service) Attacks -  A DOS attack can disrupt the service to a network. Attackers send a large number of data through the network causing it to overload and eventually broke down. The best way to avoid these attacks is to regularly update software, monitor any unusual changes in traffic, and avoid suspicious requests from third parties. Many times these attacks may be hard to overcome because the attacker can seem to appear from many different IP addresses.

Of course, these are just some of the most common cyber security attacks in business. Some other attacks are password attacks, man in the middle, drive-by downloads, malvertising, and rogue software. Be sure to be on the lookout for all of these symptoms or suspicious activity within your businesses networks or files. To file a cyber security claim, please visit higcybersecurity.com