The top three cyber threats that are currently being analyzed by IT security specialists are trojans, backdoors, and trojan droppers. Trojans are the types of malware used to deliver the other threats, which have been growing in popularity in recent years and pose serious risks to users and businesses. Read on to learn more about the most common cyber threats and what you can do to protect yourself from them!
There’s no shortage of cyber threats out there, but some are more common than others. Here are the top most analyzed cyber threats in 2017 according to IBM X-Force (based on data from 20 million systems scanned):
Worm—malware which spreads by itself between computers over a network or through a computer program like an email attachment or web page link; it can replicate itself using either brute force techniques or by exploiting vulnerabilities present on your computer. It is programmed to copy itself over and over again when executed; as long as it doesn’t have a reason not to.
Brute Force—trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, symbols, etc., until one works. A brute force attack will typically try passwords first and then move on to other things such as usernames and PINs if those don’t work. Once you’ve been targeted with a brute force attack, it usually means someone has successfully guessed your password or username.
A trojan is a type of malware that allows attackers to gain access to your system. Once installed, a trojan can give an attacker complete control over your system. Trojans are often spread through email attachments or websites that host malicious code. To protect yourself from trojans, be sure to install a reputable antivirus program and keep it up to date. You should also avoid opening email attachments from unknown senders.
A backdoor is a type of malware that allows attackers to gain access to a system or network without going through the usual authentication process. Once a backdoor is installed, attackers can use it to gain control of the system or steal sensitive data. Backdoors can be installed on both computers and smartphones.
A botnet is a network of infected computers that a cybercriminal can control to spread malware or launch attacks. The computers in a botnet are usually owned by unsuspecting victims who have no idea their machine is being used for malicious purposes.
A keylogger is a type of malware that records your keystrokes and sends them to a remote attacker. This can give the attacker sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers, and more. Keyloggers are often installed without your knowledge, so it’s important to be aware of the signs that one may be present on your system. These include strange activity in your web browser, new programs appearing, and performance issues.
Adware and spyware are usually bundled together because they both perform similar functions. Adware is software that displays advertising content on your computer, while spyware tracks your online activity and can collect personal information. Both types of software can be installed without your knowledge or consent and can be difficult to remove. If you suspect that you have adware or spyware on your computer, you should run a scan with an anti-malware program to remove it.
Of the most analyzed cyber threats, trojans, backdoors, and trojan droppers are some of the most common. A trojan is a type of malware that disguises itself as a legitimate program in order to gain access to a system. A backdoor is a way for an attacker to gain access to a system without going through the usual authentication process. A trojan-dropper is a type of malware that drops other malware onto a system.
One of the most common cyber threats that analysts come across is the worm/virus dropper. This type of malware is designed to spread itself by dropping copies of itself onto other computers. It can also infect files on a computer and make changes to the registry. The worm/virus dropper is a serious threat because it can allow an attacker to take control of a computer.
According to a recent study, trojans, backdoors, and trojan-droppers are among the most analyzed cyber threats. This is likely due to the fact that these threats can lead to data loss or leaks. The data was compiled by the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. The report found malware for this type of threat rose from 17% in 2013 to 25% in 2014.
Denial of Service (DoS)/Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)/Botnets
DoS attacks are a type of cyberattack where the attacker tries to make a network or computer resource unavailable to its users. DDoS attacks are similar, but they come from multiple computers or devices (known as a botnet) that have been infected with malware. These attacks can be very difficult to defend against because they can come from anywhere in the world and often target vulnerable systems.