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Steps of a Cyber Attack and Crime

Steps of a Cyber Attack and Crime

According to a research which was done one year ago, 1.5 people are using Microsoft in more than 150 countries and 110 languages around the globe. According to a statement by Microsoft officials, 85 % of fortune 550 companies are using Microsoft cloud. They added that 500 million devices are configured with window 10.

Regardless of the opinion, you have regarding how windows might stack up as compared to other product such as Unix, on matters to do with security it is true that you will use Microsoft products during your daily routine. It is, therefore, crucial to protect your windows accounts.

Whether it is obtained genuinely or not, the fact is that you will face the challenges of damaging and sophisticated cyber attacks. In today’s world, windows accounts are seriously exploited which results in a breach of data, systems are damaged leaving the organization at the risk of being exploited in future while the attackers remain undetected.

According to Digital Defense Incorporated, there are many types of cyber-attack, and this article guides through to the most common steps which have been shared by serious and successful system attackers.

Reconnaissance: Before they launch an attack, cyber attackers will consider identifying a vulnerable spot or target and they will explore the best methods of exploiting it. The attackers will be concerned with identifying a single entry point for them to get started.

Scanning: Once the attackers have identified a target they will find a weak point that will allow them to gain access to your system. This process will go slowly while the hackers will be searching for vulnerabilities.

Access and Escalation: The moment they discover a weak spot they gain access and they consider escalating the privileges that will allow them to operate freely in the system. Once the hackers gain access and escalated privileges, they will effectively take over the system.

Exfiltration: Once the hackers have escalated the privileges, they can now access the system within the company’s most sensitive information and data. They will start extracting the organization’s data.

Sustainment:  After the hackers know they have unlimited access they consider remaining undetected as much as possible. They will try to install malicious programs secretly that will allow them to return more frequently as they can wish.

Assault: This is not part of hacking. This is where hackers have already gained control of your system and it becomes too difficult to protect or to defend yourself.

Obfuscation: This is where the hackers consider hiding their tracks. They even sometimes leave a notice in form of a calling card bragging about their achievements. In doing this, the hackers are trying to disorient, divert or confuse your investigation with spoofing backbone hopping, Trojan commands, long cleaners, and misinformation.

In conclusion, cyber-attacks and crimes are growing very fast. Most cybercriminals are considering exploiting the convenience, anonymity and the speed of the internet.  Therefore, you have an emergency task to play in your company’s security. It is vital to educate your staff on the possible cyber-attacks, risks, and crimes.

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