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By Danielle Hoverman • June 13, 2017

6 Common Types of Cyber Attacks

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A cyber attack is any type of offensive action that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks or personal computer devices, using various methods to steal, alter or destroy data or information systems. This infographic outlines 6 common types of cyber attacks you should know about

1.  Malware

Software programs designed to damage or do unwanted actions on a computer. Common examples include: viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, and ransomware.

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2.  Phishing

Attacks sent via email and ask users to click on a link and enter their personal data. They include a link that directs the user to a dummy site that will steal a user’s information.

3.  Password Attacks

Involves a third party trying to gain access to your systems by solving a user’s password. 

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4.  Denial of Service Attacks

Attackers send high volumes of data or traffic through the network until the network becomes overloaded and can no longer function

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5.  Man in the Middle (MITM)

Information is obtained from the end user and the entity the user is communicating with by impersonating the endpoints in an online information exchange (i.e. connection from smartphone to website).

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6.  Drive-by Downloads 

A program is downloaded to a user’s system just by visiting the site. It doesn’t require any type of action by the user to download.

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