An increase in wiper attacksWiper attacks, which erase files from victim’s computer drives in order to cripple essential apps, have been growing steadily for years. A wiper attack will not only damage your IT systems, but can leave sensitive data exposed. Sony has been the most prolific organisation to suffer this kind of attack to date, however, as these kinds of hacks become easier, businesses of all sizes must be prepared to protect against them. Investing in security is essential for any modern business,but it will only be effective if they invest in the right areas. Focussing on end point protection, disaster recovery and backup applications that can be easily scaled can significantly reduce the chances of wiper attacks causing lasting harm. Hacktivism will be the motive behind many more incidents High-profile data breaches from TalkTalk, Ashley Madison and Experian have been extremely damaging for the companies involved, and brought cyber security to the forefront of every business owner’s mind. Many of these attacks have been blamed on a rise in ‘hacktivism’. Self-proclaimed ‘hacktivists’ will attack companies for a variety of reasons, the most common of these being: Ethics: To place the spotlight on a company engaging in morally questionable practices and expose them. Opposing values: As a result of fundamental differences in the values held by the attacking group and the organisation being hacked. Monetary gain: To extort victims for monetary gain in an effort to cripple the target organisation and fund their cause. In part, these attacks are becoming more widespread because they are far easier to carry out than they were just a couple of years ago. With hacking tools readily available to those who know where to look, the resources required to stage a high-profile attack are dangerously easy to find and implement. Social engineering attacks will rise in the wake of 2015 breaches Hundreds of thousands of customer details were leaked as a result of the 2015 data breaches. This data is most valuable to hackers before the leak is discovered and made public, when it becomes much harder to sell off or act without attracting attention. However, even after the breach is discovered this information is still out there, still accessible, and is often used in a second wave of attacks to target the victims themselves many months later. Hackers will often bombard breached email addresses with phishing attacks in an attempt to gain access to more of their personal details. By impersonating banks, retail companies and government agencies, the attacker will try to trick users into sending them money or personal information. These imitations are becoming more convincing, with hackers explaining to users that they are vulnerable to an attack and must change their details immediately by handing them over in some way.
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