7 Types of Threats
Cyber security threats can take all different types of forms. As technology advances each day, hackers are becoming more and more creative with the ways they can attack and steal information. Whether they go after an individual or a business, we have listed a few different types of threats that can breach your data or devices.
A Denial of Service
The denial of service is a threat that attacks a computer or network, not allowing it to carry out any requests. A great example of this is the inability to access a website. An attacker can manipulate it in such a way by exhausting its resources. This in turn, denies legitimate traffic to the website and causes major problems.
Malware is one of the most common types of threats. Malware is when harmful software is downloaded onto a device by way of clicking on a bad link or attachment. This threat is very common because it is easy to fool others into opening software, links, and other files that look credible. If you happen to fall prey to this threat, it can allow an attacker to do things like access important data, block access to networks, and compromise the function of your computer.
MITM stands for Man-in-the-Middle threat. This type is when a hacker gets in between two parties to cause a disruption. A threat like this can be carried out by someone who accesses an unsecure Wi-Fi network. What the hacker can do is override the network and manipulate it so they can gain control of the unsuspecting person’s data, and even install malware too.
An easy way to remember this type of threat is to assimilate it with fake communication. The trick is that attackers can send a fake email that prompts someone to give out important information like a social security number or credit card number.
An Emotet threat is not as common, and is usually a potential threat in the banking industry. It is a Trojan program, similar to the characteristics of Malware, which can be downloaded in an attempt to gain access to data used in online banking systems.
SQL stands for Structured Query Language. It is a language used to communicate with databases to fetch information from these databases for further analysis. How this threat works is by inserting harmful code into a server that uses SQL.
When it comes to passwords, there are a few different types of threats. Social engineering is a trickery attack in the form of manipulating someone into revealing important information. An example of this is the impersonation of an IT help desk employee needing said person to change or update their password.
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