Every firm whether large or small all are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Mostly the threat a firm face is vastly different from the threats they think they face. Most of the firms may face similar threats despite doing their utmost to counteract those threats. Given below are five types of cyber-attacks that are used by the cybercriminals to target businesses.
Socially engineered malware
Cybercriminals are using social engineering malware to attack the victim. The cybercriminals somehow tricked the end-users to run a Trojan horse program usually from the websites they visit regularly. They use different websites to deliver malware instead of the normal website coding.
The end-user is asked to install some piece of software to access the website it can be fake antivirus software or other critical software which is malware. Sometime they may act like they are doing something legitimate and sometimes it fades away in the background and does its rouge actions.
Password phishing attacks
Phishing attacks are the vastly used technique used by the cybercriminals. It comes with emails, message or even phone calls. The malicious actor sends an email or message to the victim that contains links, attachment, and others. By clicking on the link or download some file activates the malware in the system. Users can avoid successful attacks through phishing by using two-factor authentication, smart cards, biometrics, and out-of-band authentications methods.
Another technique used by cybercriminals is unpatched software. The common unpatched programs are browser add-in programs such as adobe reader and other programs which are widely used for surfing the web.
Social media threats
Social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or their country-popular sites are also used to spread malware. As social media arrives with rogue friends and application installation request. If you accept the request from any malicious actor it means you are giving access to other sites as well. It is better not to accept requests from unknown and keep social media password strong and different from other accounts. It is better to use two-factor authentication.
Advanced persistent threats
Cybercriminals are using advanced persistent threats to compromise major companies. APT is used to steal intellectual property by gaining a foothold in the firm website by using social engineering techniques, Trojan and phishing attacks.
The malicious actor sends a specific phishing campaign known as spearphishing to the employee’s emails address. When any of the employees open the attachment in the emails, the cyber criminals enter the system and then take over the website.