Social engineering & ransomware
Social engineering and ransomware
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According to the Naked Security blog, 82% of the malicious sites are hacked legitimate websites.
Because online browsing is one of the strongest online habits that users have, cyber criminals target exactly that. Online attackers frequently redirect users to compromised websites. These can be either created by them or they can be legitimate websites they’ve hacked into.
This is called a drive-by attack.
Source: Heimdal Security blog
TechTarget: What is allowing the bad guys to get better and preventing the good guys from keeping up?
Stuart Madnick: One of the things is that badness is getting commoditized, and that is the thing that used to be extremely exotic, requiring a Ph.D. in computer science to break into systems and so on. Now, it is available for sale on the dark Web for $14.95. The tools and techniques that the hackers have available are increasingly available and becoming more powerful at an increasing rate.
Dr. Stuart Madnick is head of MIT’s Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
There is a whole new market for zero day exploits.
ZERO DAYS film’s plot is about Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware, known as worm for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own.
Would phishing actors attack a small fish, like you?
Well, many people believe that cyber criminals only hack into rich people. There is always money to be made by Identity theft and stealing of your financial and personal information. It is happening to people like you and I every single day.
A simple reason is that everywhere, status plays an important role. Of course big perpetrators hack only into big financial corporations and then we watch what happened at the movies, but a learning wizard could start from the poor guy in order to obtain some experience.
This is a way to gain higher status in the computer hacker community. So everyone must have a computer security plan with a robust firewall, reliable anti-virus software and a malware defense. Anti-virus software provides security and protection which could stop almost anything that accidentally passed your firewall, but not 100%.
The scariest attacks are privacy intrusion virus spyware which gather e-mail addresses, passwords and even credit card numbers. Malware programs update every day. It is imperative that you have a cyber security program on top of your antivirus that could actually prevent the latest phishing attacks.
Even if you avoid clicking on links, in this highly technical computer age it is not hard to get phished. Use multi-factor authentication on all your money accounts, maintain strong passwords, and back up your data.