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Why and how malicious hackers attack


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Perhaps you might find a much easier answer to the question as to how long a piece of string really is. Hackers have a myriad of reasons why they opt to attack computers. Continue reading to learn why and how malicious hackers attack!

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Why and how malicious hackers attack

  1. 1. Why and how malicious hackers attack SafeBytes Software
  2. 2. Perhaps you might find a much easier answer to the question as to how long a piece of string really is. Hackers have a myriad of reasons why they opt to attack computers. Some of them attack out of pure malice. They want to cause chaos and the internet seems as good a place as any to start. Others are trolls that are looking for the thrill of seeing the panic that typically ensues when there is a successful virus attack. Infamy has become a major attraction given the fact that the media is only too happy to exaggerate the magnitude and impact of any threat that becomes apparent. Therefore, many of the stories feed on themselves. The hackers may design new malicious programs in response to a perception that they are being beaten at their own game. This happens as the protective programs are being launched to overcome some of the milestones that the hackers have reached in terms of designing a foolproof piece of malware. The people that develop software like SafeBytes have no option but to carefully think about how the mind of a hacker works.
  3. 3. This is because they are indirectly fighting that kind of mindset. One must look for the footprint and subject it to an intense investigation so as to cover the secrets of those who are determined to make the internet an unpleasant place to be. In some cases, they may have to identify the source of the attack. For example, they could do an IP address check or even a TCP. The listening application is picked up and analyzed for patterns. The facts that are of interest include whether it is running as an IIS or as an Apache. Applications that are running on the targeted host are scanned and then analyzed for distinguishing characteristics. Enumerating the underlying operating system is not just a curating exercise but one that can practically assist with the recovery. The entry points and vulnerabilities The attack must enter in one way or other. If you know its pathway then you can block it before the virus has a chance to do damage. That is precisely the work that is done by TotalSystemCare at its best.
  4. 4. It begins with the logon credentials. For the layperson that means the username and passwords. If they are cracked then they no longer provide the protection from hackers. Another is the buffer overflow. The application itself may have in-built vulnerabilities that are publicized on review websites that may at first appear to be helpful but later provide the hacker with all the information that they need in order to launch an attack. If the configuration is not right that can also increase the level of vulnerabilities for the entire system. A diagnostic assessment may show that there has been a data malformation which could include an XSS or even an SQL injection. The hackers are not beyond eavesdropping or clandestine spying. The attack may come from the client side or as a result of social engineering. Those are the vulnerable spots that SafeBytes tends to focus on but there may be others that unfold as the user engages with the machine and the system over the long run. Buffer flows in particular have been the source of many virus attacks over the years. Therefore they are treated as very high risk structures.