Uncovering the Dark Side Of Computer Security
By Tom Seest
At BestCybersecurityNews, we help entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, young learners, and seniors learn more about cybersecurity.
Computer security refers to any measure used to safeguard sensitive information stored on a computer from theft or misuse and should be prioritized by companies as it can save them huge losses from hacking attacks.
Make sure that all cybersecurity professionals in your company have received adequate training. This will give your business the best chance of staying secure.
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A sharking attack is a cyber exploit that allows attackers to remotely monitor and control card players’ machines, giving them an edge in online card games such as poker. Attackers use trojans as part of their tactic; to stay secure, it’s best if software updates are regularly made, links or attachments don’t click-through, firewalls are installed properly, and your internet connection is encrypted using VPN services (virtual private network).
Cyber security professionals face the threat of sharking as an ever-present danger, from data thieves stealing vital business files to malware that slows down computers or collects personal information. Sharking attacks come in the form of phishing attacks, whaling attacks, or dumpster diving to gain entry into an organization’s network and compromise it.
Phishing attacks occur when an attacker sends out an enticing email or text that induces someone to click a link that purports to provide more information critical for business operations, such as tax ID numbers or bank account data. Phishers use this data either directly against businesses or as leverage against them by accessing confidential files.
Whaling attacks are targeted phishing attacks designed to target executives within a business. Whaling attacks typically employ techniques designed to create an immediate sense of urgency – for instance; attackers might falsely assert that legal implications could soon follow on the heels of receiving their email request, then call them directly later confirming it, further building their confidence with their victim and convincing them they shouldn’t doubt its validity.
Computers that aren’t regularly updated pose a risk of being compromised by attackers who use loopholes in outdated software to exploit loopholes in outdated operating systems and firewalls, with misconfiguration and default settings putting systems vulnerable. Businesses looking to reduce their risks should invest in an infrastructure consisting of regular updates, an anti-virus program, and firewall protection measures.
As part of your organization’s prevention strategy, ensure your IT environment has all of the latest patches and updates installed. Also, avoid clicking any unfamiliar links or attachments and use modern authentication methods to keep hackers out.
Sharking is a cyber exploit used against card players that enables attackers to monitor and gain control of their machine remotely – providing an advantage in online card games such as poker. Bad actors who employ sharking typically target one victim at a time.
Whaling is an increasingly sophisticated form of phishing that specifically targets high-level executives such as CEOs or CFOs to gain access to sensitive company tax ID numbers and bank account details. Criminals who employ whaling typically utilize social engineering techniques in order to gain more information on their intended victim, then craft customized phishing messages designed to tempt him/her into making an unapproved transfer into an unknown account.
Sharking is a cyber exploit used by bad actors to remotely monitor and control card player machines in online card games such as poker. Attackers gain an edge against victims through this form of “cyber sharking,” giving attackers an unfair edge against victims during online card games (most commonly poker). Bad actors use this tactic in order to win games without getting caught by authorities.
Jens Kyllonen was recently subjected to sharking at the EPT Barcelona event in September when his hotel room was broken into and a trojan installed onto his laptop; the trojan gave attackers access to his whole cards, resulting in him forfeiting EUR300,000.
To protect your computer system against cyber sharks, regularly update its software and install a firewall. Also, avoid clicking random links or attachments and downloading programs from unknown sources. Practicing good password hygiene as well as modern authentication methods is key to deterring phishing attacks.
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