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The most common types of cyber-attacks

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In a world that’s connected through the internet, cyber-attacks are something that everybody fears the most, especially people who run businesses.
It is true that hackers have been around for many years now, and the first hacker attacks appeared about a decade and a half ago, but today, they are a lot more frequent and dangerous, here’s why.
When computers first appeared, only some of the most important corporations were using them. Some of these examples include NASA and other similar organizations. However, in today’s world, every beginner businessmen uses a computer in order to run their business. And no matter how small the business is, if it uses a computer, it is prone to a hacker attack.

Today we’re discussing the most common types of cyber-attacks, so if you want to learn more, feel free to continue reading until the end. Without further ado, here’s what you need to know.

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How dangerous are cyber-attacks?

Cyber-attacks are one of the most feared things in the corporate world, and there’s a good reason for that. Since every business relies on analytics and sensitive data, as well as other types of private information, hacker-attacks are so dangerous because they often times involve stealing or leaking this data in the public.
We all know how competitive and cruel the corporate world is, so imagine what happens to your business if all secrets and data that you’ve been planning and collecting for the past few years gets leaked into the public, visible to all of your competitors. With this being said, we definitely consider hacker attacks to be something that’s extremely dangerous, so let’s take a look at some of the most common ones.

Most common types of cyber-attacks

According to www.bluehatcyber.com, one of the most common hacker attacks are the ones listed below:

DDoS
Phishing and spear phishing
Eavesdropping
Malware Attack
SQL Injection attack

Now, all of these might sound unfamiliar to you, but in the world of hacking, they are the most common things that can happen to even some of the smallest businesses out there. They are all very dangerous and cause problems that can cost you a lot of money, which is a good enough reason to consider hiring a company to protect you.
Staying protected in the corporate world

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According to many business experts and successful cyber-security companies, one of the most important things that you should do in the corporate world is to hire a high-quality and well-experienced cyber-security company to look out after your business 24/7. Hacker attacks are something that happens once, and due to their severity, once is more than enough to ruin your entire career.

This will cost you a lot more than it would if you just hired a company that costs not more than a hundred bucks per month, so if you are someone who is already running a business but doesn’t have protection yet, definitely consider getting one.

Remember to stay safe and educate your employees about things that matter, because you never know when a hacker might decide to cause damage to your business.

Cybersecurity: Are we there yet?

A good old-fashioned bank robbery isn’t very popular nowadays. The bad guys don’t even need guns. They commit crimes from home with the help of the computer. Welcome to the world of technology where everything can get hacked.

Thirty years ago people were not thinking of cybersecurity. There were no wireless computers, mobile banking apps, Facebook, the cryptocurrency market, etc. An interesting fact is that the first virus, named Brain, was released a few years after International business machines corporation had introduced the first personal computer. The virus was written by two brothers from Pakistan. At that time, people from the United States and the United Kingdom were so shocked that their computers had a virus that they were calling directly to Pakistan demanding to disinfect their machines.

source: itsecurityguru.org

Nowadays users have different kinds of antivirus software. No one keeps track of the number of computer viruses. The world would be a great place if a random Internet virus was the only cybersecurity problem. At this point, there are a lot of cyber dangers such as crypto jacking, data breaches, and ransomware attacks. Hackers can steal users’ passwords and go through personal information including photos, emails, chats on WhatsApp, and bank details. More than that, they can attack the government, hack Tesla cars and home automation system. There is no safe place.

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Even large corporations such as Google, Facebook, FedEx, Amazon or Wikipedia experience cyber attacks. Despite the amount of financial and human resources, they still can’t fully protect themselves. For instance, Sony’s PlayStation Network was attacked in 2011. The company was going through hell – the team of hackers stole the personal data of 77 million users. The list of data included customers’ names, passwords, credit cards numbers, and expiration dates. Needless to say, the users’ bank accounts had been illegally used. To appease disappointed customers the company paid compensation of 15 million dollars in total. Plus, they were in charge of refunding money that was stolen from all their customers. The experts call it the world’s largest cyber attack. Another important fact is that it was possible to avoid this incident. Sony decided to ignore a well-known network vulnerability and paid the price for it.

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Hackers can also be different. Not everyone will go to attack government or political parties. Some hackers target celebrities and their Instagram profiles by using a flaw in the Instagram security system. In 2016, Selena Gomez’s Instagram was hacked. Unknown posted nude photos of Justin Bieber from her profile. The American singer had 125 million followers at that time.

source: the20.com

Everyone can become a victim of a cyber attack. History shows that the consequences can be terrible. That’s why it is so important to spread the message about cybersecurity and what to do in order to avoid getting hacked. Hackers are evolving at the same speed as technology, so users should become more careful both online and offline. No one knows what can be worse – showing your nude pictures to the millions of people or pay off 15 million dollar debt.

If you want to learn more about cybersecurity and how to protect yourself, check out the infographic below, according to ServerMania: