When you think of cybercrime, you will probably conjure up an image of a shady individual tracking down your password and gaining access to your email account. While that is certainly one aspect of cyber risk, there are numerous types of breach. These include:
Phishing is when attackers attempt to trick you into doing ‘the wrong thing’, such as clicking a bad link that will download malware,or asking you to follow a link to a dodgy website where personal information is then asked for. Mainly using deceptive emails that seem to be from a safe or recognised person, a hacker will try to get you to follow instructions to obtain information such as bank account details or personal data.
By installing malicious software – Malware – onto your devices or network, cybercriminals can gain control of your computer and steal, delete or corrupt your data. It can also allow them to take control of your devices to attack other organisations or use services, such as premium rate phone calls, that cost you money.
Often thought of as a person manually trying to learn your email and access your accounts. Cybercriminals can actually use automation to discover your login and password details if not properly secure. Once in, they can steal and sell on your data or even hold you to ransom.
A particularly nasty type of Malware. Once downloaded, this malicious software can effectively lock your device or even your entire network from functioning. Once locked down the cybercriminal can then demand a fee to remove the software and release your data.