Why do hackers target your company’s data? Well, some do it for fun, and some do it to make a social or political point. But as you’ve probably guessed, most are in it for the money. With the WannaCry phishing attacks alone netting the perpetrators £108,000 in Bitcoin, hacking is big business. That’s why, if it were ever true, the popular image of a geeky loner working from a dingy basement bedroom certainly isn’t anymore. Cybercrime is often conducted on a large scale by organized criminal gangs. You don’t even need to be a decent coder to be a hacker. Basic hacking tools are available to buy for a few pounds on the dark web. These tools won’t get you past the heavily defended gateways of a large corporate network, but they might give you access to the credit card details of the customers of a vulnerable small business.
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And in a worrying trend, major ransomware developers have started to create affiliate schemes, which mean they provide more sophisticated hacking tools to wannabe hackers in return for a percentage of their profits. If this all sounds deeply worrying, the good news is that most hackers focusing on small businesses are still looking for easy wins. Make your business a hard nut to crack and they will just move on. With that in mind, here are three of the most common cyber-attacks threatening your business today, and what can be done to guard against them. For hackers, phishing attacks are easy and cheap. For small businesses, they can be deeply damaging. In most cases, phishing attacks start with an email that purports to come from a legitimate business and sometimes mimics the branding of that company in convincing detail.
The email will often urge victims to take immediate action to remedy a problem. In many cases, clicking on a link will take you to a sign-in page that looks entirely legitimate. But entering your details gives a criminal all the information he needs to commit identity theft and fraud.
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