Top Types of Online Incidents

A cyber-attack is a malicious action designed to target a computer or any element of a computerized system to destroy or steal information or to exploit an organization.

Some of the most common types of attacks include:

Malware: Malware includes various types of attacks including spyware and viruses. It is designed to exploit vulnerabilities in a network when the targeted user clicks a dangerous link or opens a misleading attachment that instead installs malicious software inside the system. The most common types of malware include Trojans, worms, ransomware, and spyware managers.

Ransomware: Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts an organization’s information and holds it at ransom. The average ransom paid last year was $170,000 with some of the highest-paid ransoms in excess of $1,000,000.

Phishing: Phishing attacks are the most common type of online attack. This type of hack involves sending fraudulent emails to unsuspecting users disguised as coming from a reliable and trusted source. The fraudulent emails have the appearance of being legitimate: however, it is intended to gain access to a device or steal users’ information.

Denial-of-Services (DoS): DoS attacks work by flooding systems, servers, and other networks with traffic to overload resources and bandwidth. This attack renders systems unable to process legitimate requests and aims to take them offline.

There are just so many types of online threats out there. Make sure to read Don’t Become a Target, also if your organization is diligent about protecting its systems. Let GTI support you with an assessment and provide the protection you need. Get in touch today.

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