Cyberthreats: How Cyberattacks Can Steal Your Data

Jun 9, 2024

More often than not, SMBs are being targeted by cybercriminals. In fact, they’re three times more likely to be attacked than a larger business. In a 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon, there were over 1,000 security incidents and 263 of them involved confirmed data breaches. One of the biggest reasons cybercriminals target SMBs is because they know these businesses most likely don’t have proper cybersecurity systems in place.

One of the most common methods of performing a data breach is stealing the credentials of someone who is authorized to use that network. Cybercriminals can use many ways to obtain these credentials, so it’s important that you’re aware of these techniques.

Reports have found that 300,000 new pieces of malware are created every day. These malware techniques have one common goal: data theft. Read this list of some of the most common ways cybercriminals steal data.

 

Common Techniques Used for Data Theft

Botnets

Short for robot network, a botnet is a network of computers infected by malware under the control of a botherder. These bots serve as a tool to help in mass attacks, such as data theft, server crashing, and malware distribution. They can grow and carry out attacks on your devices without you knowing about it.

Rootkits

Rootkits are a type of malware that can give a bad actor control of your computer without your consent or knowledge. Once it’s been installed on a computer, the cybercriminal controlling the rootkit can go through your data and change settings on your systems.

Trojans & Worms

This malware is a type of code or software that claims to do one thing but can take over your computer. Trojans are designed to damage, disrupt, steal, or cause harm to your devices. A worm is a subset of trojans, they can self-replicate across networks through internet or local area network connections.

Viruses

Viruses on devices are similar to the flu virus in that they are designed to replicate and spread onto other computers. They usually attach themselves to a legitimate program in order to execute their code. Viruses can be very damaging; they can delete data or erase your hard drive.

Don’t let these malware techniques get the best of your business. When you practice great security, you help your business become less vulnerable to cyberattacks. However, the security you need is hard to do alone, that’s where an MSP comes to help.

Securus Systems is ready to conquer all your cybersecurity needs and assess your current level of security. Our team of experts will help your business stay secure and give you helpful security tips.

Looking to get started? Schedule a comprehensive security assessment today.


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