Cyber Security threats: 3 methods you need to know about

Developing Cyber Security Threats

No matter the size of your business, no matter how likely you think you are to being subject to a cyber attack, you need a comprehensive approach to dampen any cyber security threats to your business. (It’s worth checking out our blog on ‘Outsmarting Hackers‘)

Most of us have now heard of the main cyber security threats, Ransomware, Phishing, Spyware, the list goes on.

What if we told you these are just the most common types of cyber threats? What if there are more complicated, malicious and intelligent types of cyber security threats out there in the big bad world of online hacking.

It’s a scary thought! We’ve listed 3 of the lesser known, yet impressively deadly cyber security threats that are out there that we think you need to be aware of.

 

Artificial Intelligence

AI cyber security threats

An interesting article in Forbes Magazine was posted in February this year detailing the importance of Artificial Intelligence(AI). At the forefront of the article, the author details that he fears AI could quickly go from being a benefit to society to being a threat! AI is essentially the simulation of intelligent behaviour in computers without any physical human input. Unfortunately, hackers are now using this to their advantage and we’re beginning to see increasing amounts of AI-powered cyber attacks.

 

AI cyber attacks do carry similar traits to a human hacker. AI hacking software will learn about its target and then tailor its attack in accordance with this. It will then launch at what it deems to be the most appropriate time. However, unlike a human hacker, AI does not tire and can carry out numerous attacks at a single time.

Imagine using all your resources to deter a cyber attack only for the attacker to keep on consistently coming back to try and exploit any security flaws your organisation has.

Improvements in technology have been phenomenal for digital transformation in a business sense, but have we opened a whole new can of worms in relation to the security of our businesses?

Crypto-Jacking

 

bitcoin cyber security threats

Crytpo-Jacking is a unique cyber security threat, one in which is unusual as the hacker is not attacking you to steal data, but to use your system’s resources.

Crypto-jacking uses victims’ machines to perform the actions necessary to update cryptocurrencies’ blockchains, creating new tokens and generating fees in the process. The harm this does to the victim? By mining tokens via another individual computer, you are essentially using their resources; electricity and contributing to wear and tear on their computer.

The aforementioned example is also known as ‘CloudJacking’: stealing processing power and storage from someone’s cloud account to further boost mining capabilities.

Finger Prints

There seems to be a growing popularity for individuals to use biometrics as a replacement for passwords on their devices.

Why?

Fingerpint biometric cyber security threats

 

In a nutshell, tapping your fingerprint onto the scanner on your phone or laptop is convenient and more often than not, lightning fast. There no risk that you’ll put in the wrong password multiple times and lock yourself out of your device. You don’t even have to try and remember your password! Easy right?

 

In an ideal world, biometrics should be used in combination with a strong password for added security. If your password is hacked, it’s simple enough to change. What if a hacker clones your fingerprint from your device? You can’t do anything about it!

Moreover, using your fingerprint on all your devices may seem like a convenient option for logging into your devices, but in the long run, your adding extra cyber security threats to your organisation.

Remember the Usual Suspects

Whilst it is important to take into account the more unusual forms of cyber security threats, it is also essential not to forget about the usual suspects, all of which you can read about on the Knowledge Hive section of the website.

  1. Viruses
  2. Worms
  3. Trojan Horses
  4. Spyware
  5. Logic Bombs
  6. DDOS & DOS
  7. Ransomware

 

If you have any questions at all regarding your cyber security please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

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