31 Oct 2018

Halloween may be the one night in the year when ghouls, ghosts and goblins roam the streets, but in the online world a series of cyber security threats are constantly lying low just beneath the surface. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating but a cyber security trick is something no one wants to fall victim to this Halloween.

The cyber threats can’t be overcome so easily. Yearly the number of cyber-attacks occurring are increasing at a fast pace. Millions of personal records and data get stolen in series of cyber-attacks. There are increase in attacks like phishing attacks, zero-day vulnerabilities and ransomware, and the challenge which the modern organizations have to face is even more frightening.

The increase in cyber-attacks have made way for the demand for cyber security professionals to protect and defend organizations. It is very much important to keep up with the latest cyber security news to stay ahead of current hacking techniques.

Let us take a look at some of the common Cyber Security Tricks that don’t deserve a treat:

Phishing for Funds

In Phishing scams, the attackers make use of email or social media as a medium to contact victims. They aim to steal the account log-in details or financial information such as credit card numbers, or tricking recipients into downloading Trojans that give hackers access to the targeted systems.

Phishing emails appear as if they are from a recognized source and it either encourage the recipient to download the attached file or provide a link that redirects the recipients to a fake website which is actually designed to capture the necessary information. Normally phishing scams don’t target individuals alone but large organizations as well.

Hijacking the Brand

Today most of the companies depend on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate with customers and prospects. So, the hackers are also giving their attention to hijack brands’ accounts to take control of their message and target their customers.

Hackers often look for weak passwords, so it is always necessary to have a double authentication to prevent them from gaining access to your company’s social media accounts.

Holding Data to Ransom

The cyber crime technique – ransomware is now mostly used by hackers. They know that data is worth to any company. When a hacker gains access to an organization’s system by using any technique like the phishing scam, they encrypt all the company’s data. The hacker then demands a ransom fee in return for unlocking their data.

The quickest and most efficient way to restore the company’s systems and administrative functions will be to pay the ransom and they will be forced to do so.

Usually the investigators try to discourage victims from paying the ransom as this will only encourage hackers to launch more ransomware.

Organizations are facing cyber security threats in multiple forms like phishing, social media hijacks and data ransom. This means that the cyber security professionals must be prepared for just about anything.

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