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The Perils of a Cyber Attack, Be Prepared

In 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 cyber attacks. Hundreds of websites have been victim 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 Cyber crime Survival Guide Part 1:

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

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

Some Facts about Cyber Attacks:

  • One in 500 websites are infected with malware.
  • 61% of legitimate websites are serving malware.
  • Phishing and identity theft is one of the most harmful forms of cyber crime.
  • Criminal gangs use botnet on a large-scale to search millions of PCs and websites.
  • Cyber criminals take benefits of user’s ignorance about web privacy and their interaction with web world.

Symantec have discussed about 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 on computer system if proper security is not available.

Dodgy Toolkits:

Software toolkits are easily available in underground market 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 weakness in websites in a while and insert malicious software to hack the website.

There are password cracker tool, wireless hacking tool, network scanning and hacking tool, packet craft to abuse Firewall, 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 user’s online identity.

Financial identity theft mainly used by attackers where they use innocent user’s identity to obtain goods and service.

Attackers target redundant IT equipment and storage like PC, server, USB stick , public records, compromised card readers/ contactless card readers, data breach, 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 tries to get username, 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 the real and fake website.

Play 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 set of computers used to send spam or viruses to other computers without awareness of their users. Botnet is a combo of two words robots and network and it is like a Zombie, which acts as a robot, or bot to fulfill 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 firewall active or other safeguards remain vulnerable against botnet.

Botnet can send spam on a huge scale, host phishing website, investigate the website with toolkits, and launch denial of service attack.

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 immoral way that can cause damage to organization 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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