We focus a lot of time and effort on securing our clients with our cutting-edge tools and industry best practices. Our adversaries, the hackers, on the other hand, have come to understand that the way they will be successful is to get their contrived messages in front of the least knowledgeable people in your organization. Let’s take a look at how hackers choose their targets to get a better understanding of what their strategy is.
The motive for any fraud is money; and that is likely what any hacker is looking for: a way to get more money. Whether they do this directly or indirectly, the motivation is the same for 85 percent of scammers out there. Now, most attacks out there don’t give these hackers access to money directly, it typically just gets them into a situation where they can complete their fraud.
They can sometimes get money from a direct hack, but more often than not they will either need to exfiltrate data off of a network and then sell it to whoever is in the market for it, or they will need to deploy malware (such as ransomware) that will put them in the position to extort money from the victim. Either way, it’s more than just gaining access to a user’s bank account.
The truth is that most phishing attacks aren’t sent with a target in mind. They just mail them out and see what happens. That’s not to say there aren’t scammers out there that target specific people, but for the most part, if you receive a phishing email (and you will), it was the result of the hacker getting a massive list of email addresses and sending the message in bulk. Hackers, however, tend to do research to help them better understand who will be easier to hack. This research entails:
Obviously, some industries are more rife with valuable information than others. Here are some of the most targeted organizations by hackers today:
Of course, if you don’t fall under one of these categories, you aren’t immune. Virtually any organization can fall victim to a cyberattack.
The nature of cybercrime doesn’t promote any guarantees. You likely will be targeted by a cybercriminal at some point, because most people are, but even if the chances are low it only takes falling victim one time to put a damper on what you want to accomplish. Let’s take a look at some things every organization has to do to try and thwart the hacker menace.
Hackers are going to be more active and persistent as more people use information systems. All you can do is be aware and vigilant and it will be enough to keep hackers out of your business’ network. If you need help strategizing on how to stop hackers and keep your employees trained, give the IT experts at XFER a call at 734-927-6666 / 800-438-9337.