A cyberattack is when cybercriminals, hackers, or other digital attackers try to get into a computer network or system, usually changing, stealing, destroying, or showing off information.
Many different types of people are victims of cyberattacks. They can be individuals, businesses, or even the government, all of which have been targeted. When hackers try to get into businesses or other organizations, they usually want to get their hands on intellectual property (IP), customer data, or payment information.
Cyberattacks have become more sophisticated in the past few years, making it more important to have a complete cybersecurity strategy and tools. In Businesses, you need to keep up with the times and improve their digital security capabilities because of the rise of cloud computing and the number of connected devices.
Types OF Cyberattack
Cyberattacks come in four main types:
When it involves cybersecurity, there are many different types of threats. Here, we look at malware, ransomware, phishing, and man-in-the-middle attacks, four of the most common cyberattacks (MITM) types.
Any program or code that hurts a computer, network, or server. In malware attacks, hackers can use phishing techniques or find flaws in the network to get into the system. Most malware programs start by giving an attacker a way to keep getting into the network. Also, It lets them slip into the network at any time.
Once the malware gets inside, it takes over the system. It sends crucial information like customer data, IP addresses, or images from a camera back to the person who owns the malware to show them.
Ransomware is a type of cyberattack that locks people out of their computers and asks for money, or a ransom, to get them back in.
A ransomware attack is designed to find flaws in the system and get into the network. Once a computer is infected with ransomware, hackers can either stop people from accessing the hard drive or encrypt files on the computer, so they can’t read them.
In ransomware attacks, the attackers usually ask for money in a form that can’t be traced. If the ransom is paid, it isn’t always possible for a ransomware victim to get back into their computer even if they pay.
Cyberattacks called “phishing” use email, SMS, phone, or social media to get someone who isn’t paying attention to give up personal information like passwords or account numbers. They also try to get them to download a malicious file that will put viruses on their computer or phone.
Hackers often impersonate well-known brands and government agencies to get more information from people who open their emails.
4. The Man in the Middle Attacks (MITM)
MITM attacks are cyberattacks where a malicious person listens to the conversation between two people on a network and a web application. They are called “man-in-the-middle” attacks. There are many ways to make a MITM attack.
One way is to pretend to be someone else so that you can get more information or get people to do something. Some of these actions are changing your login credentials, making an online transaction, and starting to move money.
People are often the target of MITM attackers, but businesses and large organizations also need to be careful. SaaS applications are a common way for hackers to get in. Attackers can use these applications to get into the organization’s broader network, where they could steal client data, IP, or proprietary records about the company and its employees. Other types of cyberattacks, on the other hand.
5. Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack:
When someone tries to take away your service, this is called a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack. DoS attacks are malicious, targeted attacks that flood a network with fake requests to stop businesses from working. They do this to prevent enterprises from working.
People who use a computer or network that has been hacked can’t do simple things like checking their email or going to a website. It is called a DoS attack. Even though most DDoS attacks don’t cause the organization to lose any data and are usually solved without paying a ransom, they take time and money to fix.
6. Scripting that goes across the web (XSS):
The code injection attack called Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) is when someone puts malicious code into a website that is supposed to be safe. When we do, the user clicks on a link, and the code runs as an infected script in their web browser. It allows the attacker to steal private information or impersonate the person.
In this cyberattack, Many people use web forums and message boards, blogs, and other websites that let people write their content. These websites are the most vulnerable to XSS attacks.
8. SQL database:
It’s similar to XSS because hackers use system flaws to insert malicious SQL statements into a data-driven application, allowing them to get information from a database. SQL Injection is a way for hackers to change, steal, or delete data.
9. Zero-day attack:
During the day, there were no attacks. A threat actor can use malicious code on a security vulnerability or flaw in software before the software developer releases a fix.
Trends In Cyberattack
There are a lot of trends in cyberattacks.
The CrowdStrike Global Threat Report, an annual report that gives unique information about threats worldwide and advice for businesses that want to improve their cybersecurity, found many new cybersecurity trends. In the Global Threat Report for 2021, there are some critical findings.
- The number of supply chain attacks, ransomware, data extortion, and nation-state threats has been rising.
- “Ransomware and big game hunting” are becoming more popular. Nation-state adversaries are trying to steal valuable data for COVID-19 vaccine research.
- There has been a massive rise in crime, with nearly four out of every five interactive intrusions found in 2020 coming from people who did it because of eCrime.
- The introduction of Dedicated Leak Sites led to increased data extortion techniques (DLS).
Who Is Responsible for Cyberattacks?
It also lists some of the most prolific and advanced cyber threats in the 2021 Global Threat Report. These include enemies from the government, eCrime, and hacktivist groups. Our most recent report names the following groups as some of the most advanced and dangerous cybercriminals.
Most dangerous cyberattacks to date:
1. Wizard Spider
In this movie, an actor talks about one of the most dangerous cyberattacks to date: the Wizard Spider. Wizard Spider, a prominent game hunter actor, and well-known eCrime “megacorp,” was the most talked-about criminal in 2020.
Activity from this person or group started slow and sporadic, but it got more and more active through the rest of the year. This group of criminals is one of the most powerful because it has many tools.
2. Wicked Panda
A group called Wicked Panda, which is thought to be based in China, is still one of the most common threats Itechwares Intelligence is tracking. The attacker started the new year by launching a wide-ranging campaign to take advantage of several flaws.
3. Labyrinth of Chollima.
An adversary called Labyrinth Chollima is likely to be linked to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
4. Threat Adversaries from China
China’s threat actors target the technology, energy, and healthcare industries.
5. Iranian threats of violence
They have been using new tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) this year to help their efforts. When the government has used these new tactics, they’ve used things like strategic web compromise (SWC) campaigns and mobile malware to target and control opposition groups in their region and expand their “soft war” campaigns.
6. Assailants from North Korea
EVEN THOUGH THEY’VE MADE DIPLOMATIC MOVES, the DPRK’s enemies have been more active this year. DPRK actors have a lot of different goals, but the financial sector and information about inter-Korean relations are two of the most important.
7. The Russians have made threats.
Russia’s hackers are still some of the most active and destructive globally. The Ukrainian government, law enforcement, and the military are the primary targets.
Protecting the Organization from Advanced Cyber Threats
A well-thought-out cybersecurity plan is a must in today’s connected world. From a business point of view, protecting the organization’s digital assets has the obvious benefit of reducing the risk of loss, theft, or destruction and the risk of having to pay a ransom to get back control of company data or systems.
To avoid or quickly fix cyberattacks, the company also reduces the impact on business operations. We should focus on one thing when an organization takes steps to keep hackers away and protect their brand from the bad reputation that comes with cyber events, especially those involving the loss of customer data.