HACKERS USING HUMAN NATURE TO STEAL YOUR INFORMATION

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It’s human nature to be wary of criminals. Now hackers are exploiting human nature to pull off cyberattacks.

According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Report, hackers are relying on familiar actions by consumers.

Specifically, the report says that hackers are looking at where data is located and if the data is encrypted to determine whether to launch cyberattacks, including phishing and ransomware attacks. The hackers were able to exploit known vulnerabilities that have never been patched and accessed data using “weak, default or stolen passwords,” the report said.

The report also found that many companies barely meet basic levels of cybersecurity protections needed to fend off a cyberattack. These companies are prone to what is known as a “three-pronged attack.” 

These attacks involve sending a phishing e-mail to an employee. After the employee opens the e-mail or an attachment, malware is downloaded onto the company’s network. At this point hackers are able to access sensitive company information such as passwords and potentially trade secrets. 

Another area of concern from the report is that ransomware attacks have increased over 16 percent over last year’s report. As previously noted in this blog, hospitals have been a prime target for ransomware attacks.  

If the rate of ransomware attacks continue to increase, hospitals will need to change their behavior to outthink the hackers.

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