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The Perils of a Cyber Attack, Be Prepared

In the cyber world, if we talk about user ignorance, which acts as a great weapon of attackers, is one of the main reasons behind the havoc of cyberattacks. Hundreds of websites have been victims of nefarious attackers and still counting the numbers.

Symantec in its Survival Guide has focused on The Dangers of an Attack.

According to Symantec research, hackers also take advantage of legitimate websites that were compromised earlier.

The Cybercrime Survival Guide Part 1:

Around 400 million people have fallen victim to different types of cyberattacks. Cyber attack not only disrupts the operation of the website but also affects your brand image and users in a negative way.

Therefore, every website owner should understand the importance of the security of their websites. Readers should go through this embedded video for deep insight.

Some Facts about Cyber Attacks:

  • One in 500 websites is infected with malware.
  • 61% of legitimate websites are serving malware.
  • Phishing and identity theft is one of the most harmful forms of cybercrime.
  • Criminal gangs use botnets on a large scale to search millions of PCs and websites.
  • Cybercriminals take benefits of users’ ignorance about web privacy and their interaction with the web world.

Symantec has discussed four nefarious techniques like Toolkits, Identity theft, botnet, and phishing that attackers generally use to take over the entire network or disturb website operations. Below is an overview of these dangerous forms of malware that can strike computer systems if proper security is not available.

Dodgy Toolkits:

Software toolkits are easily available in the underground markets and attackers can easily obtain to infiltrate the system or attack websites. Anyone can access such toolkits to hack a website.

With this toolkit, attackers can spot weaknesses in websites in a while and insert malicious software to hack the website.

There are password cracker tools, wireless hacking tools, network scanning and hacking tool, packet craft to abuse Firewalls, website traffic monitoring, packet sniffers, Fuzzing tool to find vulnerabilities in computers.

Insidious Identity Theft:

Identity theft is used to steal someone’s identity in which attackers pretend to be a real person and try to steal login details, credit card numbers and sometimes take over a user’s online identity.

Financial identity theft is mainly used by attackers where they use innocent users’ identity to obtain goods and services.

Attackers target redundant IT equipment and storage like PC, server, USB stick, public records, compromised card readers/ contactless card readers, data breaches, hacking PC/ network to get personal information of users.

Phishing:

Phishing is an attempt to acquire information of users pretending to be a trustworthy identity, especially in electronic communication. Phishers try to get usernames, passwords, debit, or credit card details. They lure users to get involved in clicking the spam link received in email communication. These spam links redirect users to a fake and malicious website where users are requested to give their personal details. It is hard to identify the difference between real and fake websites.

Play an interesting quiz developed by Symantec, which will help you to stay away from Phishing: https://www.staysecureonline.com/staying-safe-online/quiz/

Botnet:

A zombie army also named Botnet is a set of computers used to send spam or viruses to other computers without the awareness of their users. The botnet is a combo of two words robots and network and it is like a Zombie, which acts like a robot, or bot to fulfill the wish of its master or virus writer. Botnet poses a big threat to the internet, as mostly compromised computers are home-based systems.

Computers that have not kept firewalls active or other safeguards remain vulnerable against botnet.

A botnet can send spam on a huge scale, host phishing websites, investigate the website with toolkits, and launch denial of service attacks.

symantec survival guide part one

Conclusion:

From the above The Dangers of an Attack guide, it is clear and apprehensible that cybercriminals are always behind the user information and use it in an immoral way that can cause damage to organizations and users badly. Therefore, it is advisable to take security as a priority for both organizations and individuals.

In the next survival guide, we will reveal the cost of infection caused by cyber-attacks. Till then be alert and do not let a come attacker between your PC and you.

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