As you probably know, hacking attacks are rampant these days and those trying to access personal and sensitive information are not choosing whom to target next. Individuals regardless of race or status, companies and corporations big and small are all potential victims to hacking activities or unauthorized accesses.
As a matter of fact, it was only recently when news broke about countless Yahoo email logins and passwords being compromised. It only shows that even with the best security features, hackers will still be able to find ways to breach through your system.
Even with improved encryption methods to protect the entire network from malicious spying and hacking practices, data is still being stolen. In other words, you can never be too cautious when it comes to protecting your privacy whilst surfing the web.
Hackers know various ways of facilitating hacking attacks. And yes, hacking is a growing threat. As soon as hackers find a hole or vulnerability with a security system, they can immediately push through with stealing data, bringing down the site and all kinds damages.
Here are five of the sneakiest hacking attacks you should definitely know about.
1. Virus, Trojan Horse and Worms
Malware is undoubtedly the most common form of hacking attack. Having a site or data get infected by a virus or malware will certainly cause ugly assaults to its system. Some of the famous viruses of all time are ILOVEYOU (May 2000), Sasser (April 2004) and Storm (January 2007).
2. Websites and Fake Access Points
Once you have accessed a malicious site or a fake WAP (wireless access point), you may see that your computer is performing unwanted functions in your system. Hackers usually trick their unsuspicious victims into creating new web accounts. What users don’t know is that by creating an access account on a malicious site, they are giving away a lot of data to despicable hackers. With such personal log-on details, hackers would then try to access your other accounts (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, etc).
3. Hacking IP Addresses and Locations
When your IP address or location is exposed to hackers, you know what’s coming for you. However, if you are extremely cautious when surfing the web, like using a VPN, even if hackers and data sniffers learn about your ‘IP’ or location, it wouldn’t be of much valuable to them to hack your system.
4. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks
A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. In short, open ports or connections are prone to such attacks.
5. Watering Hole Attacks
Hackers trick their target victims to meet at a certain location, be it a physical place or virtual. Among the high-profile tech companies that have already been breached by a waterhole-based attack are Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.
Anyone that is connected to the Internet is basically a target to hacking attacks. So in order to avoid hacking attacks, be wary when you’re online. Be alert and be careful what you click.