Hacking had been around since the early 80’s i.e. before the widespread use of the internet. Those types of attacks were simple, unlike the contemporary attacks which prove to be devastating and harder to track. Governmental services and multinational corporations are not safe from malicious attacks that will harm millions of customers or citizens. Hiring an expert costs a lot of money and even then you are not completely safe from the attacks. Not all the hackers think the same and do the same, so be prepared to learn about more than one type of attack. It is better to know more than letting your important data be compromised.
As we have mentioned earlier, there is not just a single reason that causes someone to hack into the computer network and jeopardize his or her own future for some less likely to happen gains. The most improbable reason is for thrill or to prove to another person or a hacker that a hacker who hacked a network is better. This will not cause as much damage as other reasons, but it is still quite dangerous as more egocentric hacker will try to hack into more than one network at the time.
Another reason that seems to be more understandable is that a hacker wants to steal the data from that network for their personal monetary gains. Hacking one computer will not provide a hacker with enough personal or credit card information whilst the entire network has the entire database of these information. Hacking and getting these information, the hacker would be able to use them to pay for goods and services with different credit or debit cards or sell the personal information to a marketing firm or even worse a criminal syndicate.
If your company is a subsidiary or is associated with a renowned corporation or the government then be sure that some hacker is going to try to attack your network. As mentioned in earlier sections of this article the monetary gains present a worthy reward. There is not just stealing the data of your customers and employees, but some more advanced hackers can keep them for ransom thus demand that you make the payment in untraceable currency such as bitcoins. This makes it harder to deal with hackers as they will encrypt the data and send you the code only when you have paid the amount that was requested.
One of the main roles of the malicious software is to replicate itself and infect more computer or as it is in this case network. More networks linked together present the perfect challenge and the goal for a hacker to break into. This way there will be more opportunities for a hacker to spread the malicious program and thus make more money and fame. Personal vendetta against the company which is the owner of the network seems to be another reason why a hacker would decide to attack that particular network. A disgruntled ex-employee might find that an easier way to take revenge against the company that fired him or her. This makes it difficult to determine the possible perpetrator of the crime. On the other hand a hacker might target an employee and thus decide to attack the complete network to add some incriminating data of that individual.
The best ways to protect yourself is to instruct the users of your network not to open any suspicious emails or attachments that might infect the network. Making sure that every single computer which is connected to the network is protected with the latest version of antivirus and anti-malware software is a good way to stop hackers I their tracks. We hope that you have learned enough to be safe from cyber-attacks and that you have realized how hackers work. If you found the article helpful, please like it and share it on social media.