Saturday, 2 May 2020

Five Cyber-threats that put mobile devices at risk

Five Cyber-threats that put mobile devices at risk  

Needless to say, world has already become digital and whatever is left over is becoming digital with a speed of J curve. This has not only changed the world but has also created opportunities for cyber crimes. You got to protect your mobile/laptop/computer otherwise you can be the next victim of this modern crime ---the cyber attack!

In this article we shall discuss 5 cyber threats that put mobile devices at risk:-

1) Phishing
Phishing is one of the threats which has highest success rate. as per It is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords
According to a recent study, 90% of all cyber-attacks start with a phishing campaign. It’s therefore no surprise that cyber-criminals tend to exploit the many messaging applications available on mobile devices, in order to direct the user to a fake website. Generally, phishing is carried out through either private or corporate emails, SMS and messaging apps such as Slack, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. These allow cyber-criminals to access a vast amount of information, and sometimes gain economic benefits.

2) Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks:
 Mobile devices allow people to connect and communicate from anywhere in the world. Each day, millions of messages containing sensitive information are sent, and cyber-criminals take advantage of these with the use of MitM attacks, a method which allows them to intercept the data traffic between a device and a rogue Wi-Fi access point. For example, a cyber-attack of this kind on an online banking service would allow the attacker to easily modify the details of a bank transfer.

3) Network based attacks:
In order to avoid various attacks, it is fundamental to analyse communications that devices receive and send out. The reason is that most variants of mobile malware need to establish a connection with the device’s Command and Control server in order to successfully produce data leaks. Detecting these malicious communication channels therefore makes it possible to block communications, preventing multiple kinds of attacks.

4) Vulnerabilities of the devices: 
As highlighted in our report, 27% of companies globally have fallen victim to cyber-attacks in which the security of a mobile device was compromised. Therefore, vulnerabilities in the various components, or the operating system itself (whether Android or iOS), pose a serious risk to data security. Also, besides security breaches, the “weak” security settings of these devices are also potential targets for cyber-criminals, since they give access to all the information stored – putting data security at great risk.

5) Malicious apps: 
Installing apps poses a multitude of security risks such as data leakage, among others. The use of these kinds of programs allow devices to be easily infected with mobile malware (one of the main types of cyber-threats seen in our 2020 Cyber Security Report) such as credential thieves, keyloggers and remote access trojans. Such threats offer cyber-criminals an easy and effective way of launching sophisticated and direct attacks which can propagate from mobile devices to networks. Similarly, other main dangers count on the fact that users tend to accept (without reading) terms and conditions that allow the app to have access to the information stored in devices.

So friends, take care and do share this info with the friends and family.

we recommend you putting antivirus in your laptop/mobile/computer to prevent from any kind of cyber-attack in your device.

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