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Threat Thursday

In Threat-Thursday we will be discussing about common but devastating threats that we are supposed to come across in the digital world.
Common threats in the world of cyber security are listed down:-
  • ·        Botnet
  • ·        DDoS
  • ·        Hacking
  • ·        Malware
  • ·        Pharming
  • ·        Phishing
  • ·        Ransomware
  • ·        Spam
  • ·        Spoofing
  • ·        Spyware
  • ·        Trojan Horses
  • ·        Virus
  • ·        Wi-Fi Eavesdropping
  • ·        Worms

            When the attacker wants to launch a mass attack like DDoS then he/she infects few of the other Computer by exploiting its security vulnerabilities. And in this way Computer that comes under the infection of the attacker becomes Bots to the attacker and the network of these bots and collectively known as Botnets.

            DDoS is the abbreviation of Distributed Denial of Service attack in which the attacker uses the botnet to launch a denial of service attack on desired target. Now, denial of service attack means the type of attack in which the attack intentionally sends a huge beam of useless packets to the target that eventually dismantles the services that the target intend to provide.

            Hacking is the act of intrusion to a given system by passing the conventional protocols of the system. It is performed usually by computer geeks either to for fun or challenging themselves.

            Malwares are malicious software that are coded by programmers with the intention of harming the computer in which the malware is deployed.

            Pharming is the best means of online fraud .In this the user is redirected to an illegitimate website via a legitimate URL.

            Phishing is process in the attacker creates a fake login page of a legitimate website and sent to victim usually via e-mails .When the victim try to login in the fake login page, then the login credentials of victim are transferred to the attacker.

            It is a type of malware that encrypts the data in a system once it get deployed in the target system and in returns demands ransom usually in the form of bitcoins for the decrypting key.

            It is a certain way in which the information are sent to or collected from people who are usually unrelated.

            Spoofing is a technique that is usually performed in continuation to phishing which an intend of stealing information.

            Spyware are software’s that coded with an intention of spying on the computer system or network in which it is deployed.

Trojan Horse:-
            It is a type of malware that usually aims at establishing a backdoor in the system that is deployed upon which eventually helps the attacker to gain a remote access to the system.

            It is a malware that are usually deployed in a computer via mail attachments or download files which harms the computer and other computers that are connected to it.

WiFi Eavesdropping:-
            It is method that used by the cyber criminals for collection personal information by listening to unsecure WiFi networks.

            Worms are form of malware that usually spreads through networks and slows the performance of the computers or the networks by its self-replicating property.

Hence, the above mentioned were the commons threats in the cyber security world.

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