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Top 7 Cyber Threats

Cyberattacks come in a variety of forms – all designed to disrupt your business. No matter how big or small it is. To protect yourself, you need to know what you’re up against.

Take a look at seven of the biggest cyber threats facing your business today. Protect yourself and educate your users – talk to a Sprint Security Specialist.

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Phishing

AKA: Trolling, Identity theft, Bogus emails, Email spoofing, Social engineering

Threat level: High / Critical
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Scam artists target individuals in organizations via fake emails, messages and websites containing hidden malicious threats in order to get personal information.

There are plenty of phish in the sea
More than 95% of successful hacks and data breaches begin with a phishing scam1.

Notable victims
Snapchat (2016), Anthem (2014), RSA Security (2011).

Common targets
Businesses of all sizes, but especially small-to-midsize businesses.

Man in the Middle (MitM) Attacks

AKA: Wi-Fi spoofing, IP spoofing

Threat level: High / Critical
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MitM attacks use fake network access points to intercept internet traffic and access private data, then pass it onto the intended recipient.

Secure doesn’t always mean secure
95% of HTTPS servers are vulnerable to easy MitM attacks1.

Notable victims
Lenovo (2015), Comcast (2015).

Common targets
Businesses of all sizes, but more sophisticated attacks tend to target larger organizations.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks

AKA: Botnet attacks, Traffic floods, Zombie network attacks

Threat level: High / Critical
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An attack where the hacker attempts to crash a targeted network, or significantly slow it down, by bombarding it with requests using malware-infected devices.

A growing threat
By 2022, the annual number of DDoS attacks is predicted to reach 14.5 million1.

Notable victims
GitHub (2018), BBC (2015), Bank of America (2012).

Common targets
In 2017, 20% of targets were very small businesses, 33% were small-to-midsize, and 41% were enterprises2.

Ransomware

AKA: Encryption ransoms, CryptoWalls

Threat level: Medium / Elevated
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Ransomware is a type of malware that locks systems and data behind a paywall, encrypting information until the hacker’s ransom is paid.

The threat that never rests
There will be a ransomware attack on businesses every 14 seconds by 20201.

Notable victims
NHS (2018), City of Atlanta (2018), Colorado Department of Transportation (2015).

Common targets
Large organizations, especially those in the public sector.

Cryptojacking

AKA: Cryptomining malware, Stealth mining

Threat level: Low / Guarded
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Cryptojacking malware runs silently in the background of an infected device through legitimate apps and gets a hold of your computer’s processing power.

A new (but incredibly widespread) threat
25% of all businesses were victims to cryptojacking in 20181.

Notable victims
Tesla (2018).

Common targets
Small-to-midsize businesses (because of their limited ability to track and detect spikes in workstation activity).

Direct Hacking

AKA: Cyber breaches, Brute force attacks

Threat level: High / Critical
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Hacking typically involves a hacker using malicious software or brute force attacks to gain unauthorized access to secure data through a user’s account.

The threat is widespread
Nearly 447 million records containing personal information were stolen in 20181.

Notable victims
Marriott (2018), eBay (2014), Yahoo (2014).

Common targets
All types and sizes of business, but those with weaker network security are favorable targets.

Malware and Viruses

AKA: Trojan Horses, Spyware, Worms

Threat level: High / Critical
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Malware and viruses are malicious computer programs (often sent by email) that give hackers full access to an organization’s private data.

Mobile is the new battlefield for malware
Around 24,000 malicious mobile apps are blocked every day1.

Notable victims
Mondelez (2017), BNP Paribas (2017), DLA Piper (2017).

Common targets
Businesses of all sizes, but especially small-to-midsize businesses.

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