Common Ways Businesses Are Hacked

A company’s worst enemies don’t always come in the form of angry customers or bad business loans. Sometimes they’re hackers —  and all the nasty tricks they hide under their sleeves.


Hackers are dangerous because they usually appear out of nowhere. Think about it: you sit down at your computer and tend to your daily tasks – not knowing that the whole time, someone is watching your every move and likely stealing your data. Feeling nervous yet? Here are a few common ways your business could become a hacker’s next victim:


  • Web Downloads


Unless it’s from a trusted source, one should always be wary of downloads, especially if they come from addresses that aren’t familiar.


Cyber spies have a special way of targeting businesses through downloads. They examine the sites employees visit the most and search for vulnerabilities through a process known playfully as “spear phishing.” Spies then integrate faulty code onto these pages that immediately infects an employee’s hard-drive should they ever visit again.


  • USB Key Malware


Occasionally, hackers emerge from within a company. Someone masquerades as an integral cog of your company’s operations while secretly drilling holes through its systems. Not a pretty sight, but it does happen.


Here’s a scenario: your employees attend a seminar or business conference hoping to take back some valuable information. The hosts then begin passing out USBs for these employees to keep, that when inserted into company computers can bring your business to its knees. That’s right…the data is infected with malware, and it can easily spread through your system and cause chaos in your company’s future.


  • Email and Passwords


Effective tactics are usually the simplest, and hacking is no exception. Cyber criminals can gain access to an employee’s credentials by fooling them into revealing their information. A short “reset password” email often does the job. Once clicked, the hacker gains instant access to an employee’s system or files. If you receive a “reset password” message from your office, check with managers to see who it’s from before opening it. Asking and confirming beforehand may be all it takes to stop a business from experiencing a total meltdown.


  • Weak Wi-Fi

If your company has weak or unsecure Wi-Fi, it’s time to take quick action. Hackers can invade a business by grouping outside and entering its system through a portable laptop. A tip to keep in mind is never use an open network. Also, always have strong passwords in place, and require your employees to physically log in when using email or the Internet. A few added steps may be all that protects your business from a ravenous cyber-gang.


  • Network Scans


Servers can be scanned remotely for vulnerabilities, and are thus open to hackers. When vulnerabilities are found, criminals can exploit them by implanting faulty data commands or codes into a company system, causing it to crash and executing the code from there.


  • Dictionary Scans


Servers and networks can be quietly and anonymously scanned to obtain user ids and passwords.  These scans are silent and almost undetectable.  Hackers try millions of times until the user ids and passwords are found.  Then the hackers use that information to log on to your server or network like a valid user.


  • DOS and DDOS attacks


Hackers use this technique to overwhelm your server and network defenses. These are very high volume attacks that cause your defenses to buckle and allow the hackers to easily enter into your network.


In order to protect your business from hackers, it is important to have an intrusion prevention system such as TITAN. This is the only IPS that protects your network from the outside before a hacker can get in. TITAN works in conjunction with your firewall to enhance your cyber security. Due to its ability to stop hacker traffic from reaching your network, TITAN helps to increase your network performance. It also reduces bandwidth requirements due to reduced traffic.


It is important to make sure that you have the proper cyber security to protect your business’ information.  Once you are hacked, that information is lost for good. If you have any questions regarding the risk or cyber security of your business, contact us today. We want to help you make sure that your business is protected from hackers.