Most frequent cyber-attack threats

Published: 2 February 2021
Cyber attack

Is there adequate protection on your computer? This is the question of the hour. Cyber-world provides a solution to our question. It has crept its way into our organization, emails, personal credentials, and the IP address of our system. Allow me to explain about the cyber-attacks that take place in our day to day life.

What is a cyber threat?

Cyber threats are malicious attempts that violate and disrupt a computer. In other words, it is a data breach. Cyber threat involves the installation of malicious software like malware and ransomware(WannaCry), which provide a passage to compromise our system.

It is an attack through cyberspace launched from one or many computers to attack another data processor remotely, without authorization. It can also be defined as an attempt to disable a computer, steal data, or use it as a breached computer system to launch additional attacks.

Cyber-attacks primarily take place for two reasons.

1. To disable the targeted computer or knock it offline.

2. To gain admin privilege

Where does cyberattack come from?

  • Office files make up for 48% of malicious email attachments.
  • External actors account for 34% of data breaches.
  • Spear-phishing is the primary infection vector used by 65% of the group.
  • 94% of the malware is sent through email

How often do cyber-attacks occur?

According to some research conducted by the College of Maryland, cyber-attacks occur as often as once in 39 seconds. They also inferred that one in every three Americans is influenced by this assault. The network safety industry is developing rapidly. As the development in innovation increases, so does the malware complexity and the amount of details they steal from us. What do they need from us? What do they target in a cyber attack? Let’s look at it in detail.

What do they target in a cyber attack?

The attackers take significant data like credit cards, debit cards, id cards, health records, and so on. Banking Information and individual data are hot items in the present dark market; they are easy to sell and can bring high prices because of their sensitive nature. Your PC may contain organization-specific archives, merchant gateways, client entries, prospective customers, or highly confidential military and government plans. It may sound terrifying, yet, they target all our personal details as well.

Till now, we have become acquainted with what is a digital threat, a digital assault, how regularly they happen, and what do they target. Let’s move onto the types of cyber threats.

Types of Cyber-threats

Malware – It is a product/program intended to ruin a PC. It is in the form of a link or file that is sent over an email. If you accidentally execute the program, the infection gets introduced on your PC/laptop. Malware can acquire data by sending information directly from the hard drive.

Phishing – Phishing is a cyberattack that utilizes a duped email to steal your details. It is fake mail that pretends to come from reputed sources. For example, a solicitation from a bank, which the individual has a record with, or from an organization saying he/she got chosen for a reward. They are asked to click on a given link, which in turn, compromises the computer.

Drive-by downloads – A drive-by download assault is a download that sometimes installs a computer virus, spyware, or malware without a person’s knowledge.

Man-in-the-middle attack – A man-in-the-middle(MITM) is an assault wherein a programmer embeds himself in a client and an application. He imitates both the party members and accesses the data which were imparted to one another.

MitM attacks use public WiFi to assault the intended target. The target is the clients of monetary applications, SaaS organizations, web-based business locales, and different sites where login credentials are required. Information accumulated from the assault is utilized for reasons that can be illegal.

A denial-of-service attack(DOS) – A denial-of-service attack is an attack in which a hacker connects to a machine or other equipment and floods the connection with traffic to overwork resources and bandwidth of the system, server, or network. As a consequence, the device is unable to satisfy the demands of the users who need the service. A DoS attack takes place by using a single computer to control the attack. The attacker may also use many computers to conduct this type of attack. This is known as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. It comes from several distributed sources, such as a DDoS botnet attack.

SQL injection – A SQL injection is a type of attack in which a SQL query is inserted or injected by the attacker and the malicious SQL statement is executed via the client-to-application input data. A database server behind a web application acts as the backbone. A SQL injection exploit code, can read database data, alter database data (Insert/Update/Delete), and conduct database administration operations. An intruder can go through any part of a web page’s authentication database and retrieve the unified SQL database.

Zero-day exploits – It is an intrusion that happens on the same day that a flaw is found in software. In a Zero-day software exploit, a hacker uses the vulnerability discovered to attack the device. It is a software or hardware bug that causes complex issues long before someone knows that anything is wrong. Vulnerabilities can go unnoticed for years and are sold for large amounts on the black market. Threats like this are extremely dangerous because their presence is only known to the hacker.

The Zero-Day Claim leaves no way to detect any first.

DNS Tunneling – The Domain Name System (DNS) is a protocol that converts URLs for human languages, such as, into IP addresses for computer languages, such as This DNS is normally used reliably, but hackers discovered that by using illegal commands and data in the DNS protocol, they could privately communicate with the target device. The hacker encodes the data of malicious programs or protocols in DNS queries and responses. It contains data payloads that can be applied to an attacked DNS server for using a remote server and application.

A recent incident involving journalist Nidhi Razdan happened on Friday, 15 January. She announced that she was the victim of “a horrible phishing attack.” In her Twitter statement, Ms. Razdan said she had believed that in September she would join Harvard, but, while she was preparing for her new job, she was told that classes wouldn’t start because of the pandemic.” She said she sensed something amiss in the delays and noted what she called “administrative anomalies” in the process described to her.

Check out this link for more information— Nidhi Razdan-Harvard Fraud.

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