5 Common Hacking Tactics You Need to Know

Many hackers are dedicated to infiltrating a network or device to access various forms of data, such as credit card information, confidential files, financial information, plus more.

To do so, they are happy to employ multiple hacking techniques to gain access to your sensitive files, which they might steal or destroy. To effectively protect yourself against an attack, here are five common hacking tactics you need to know.

DoS Attacks

Both rookie and experienced hackers may embark on a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, with the aim of overloading a server with traffic. For example, they might use bots or dummy computers to send fake requests to a server, which can result in either a website or page becoming unavailable for genuine users.

Hardware Attacks

Unfortunately, hardware modifications can pos a serious security threat. As many engineers and designers will be involved in developing the complex systems, it can be easy for accidental flaws to emerge or for insiders to maliciously modify a small component.

For this reason, it is essential for engineers and manufacturers to rely on a dependable printed circuit board (PCB) tool, which can feature easy-to-read, accurate software outputs, and will ensure best practice for component placement, layer stacking, and net specifications.

What is a PCB? It is a mechanical structure that connects various electronic components using conductive pads, planes, heat sinks, and other features, and they are present in most electronic products.

A Virus, Malware or Trojan

Trojans, malware, and viruses are harmful software programs that can be installed onto a person’s system, which can grant a hacker with access to a victim’s data. As a result, they will be able to:

  • Lock your files
  • Divert web traffic
  • Send fraudulent advertisements from a device
  • Corrupt your data

One cybersecurity risk becoming a realistic problem for both companies and individuals is ransomware, which is a form of malware. It can lock a person out of a device and hold their data to ransom until a cybercriminal receives their desired cash payment.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are a popular hacking tactic, as a cybercriminal will attempt to replicate a reputable website and will encourage their victims to click on the malicious link via email.

Consequently, it could lead to a victim downloading a form of malware. What’s more, if a victim attempts to login into a replica website, a hacker can immediately gain access to their personal data.

Cookie Theft

Browser cookies will feature a considerable amount of your personal data, as it can store your username, passwords, and browsing history. If a hacker manages to access your cookies, they could pretend to be you on a browser.

Cookie theft, also known as session hijacking or sidejacking, can be an easy tactic for a cybercriminal to undertake if a user fails to use a site with SSL (HTTPS) for a session, which would otherwise encrypt their data. It is crucial only to use sites with SSL when entering personal information, such as your bank details, username, passwords or social security number.

It is, therefore, important to bear the above tactics in mind when using a computer, smartphone, laptop or another device.



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