IBM estimates that 20% of breaches occur as a result of the use of compromised credentials, which is the most popular initial attack vector used by cyberattackers to gain access to a company’s network.
Other potential attack methods are:
𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬: Companies like British Airways and Ticketmaster have been subject to these attacks, in which malicious code is covertly placed into e-commerce payment pages to collect your credit card information.
𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬: By directly stealing data from unwitting victims using a legitimate business, the same techniques can be utilized to obtain additional types of data from clients and visitors.
𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐄𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞 (𝐁𝐄𝐂) 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐬: Attackers must pose as employees, contractors, or service providers of the target firm in order to commit BEC schemes. To fool someone into providing information or paying an invoice to the incorrect bank account, they grab onto email threads or get in touch with a staff member, such as one who works in the payments or customer care departments.
𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐬: Employees occasionally develop personal vendettas or accept a cybercriminal’s offer after hearing it. This could result in the transfer of your personal information, as was the case when a Russian national was apprehended for recruiting US employees to put malware on the network of their workplace.
𝐍𝐞𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞: Unsecured servers, which are frequently left open and online owing to configuration errors, are the main cause of data exposure and breaches. Employees may also unintentionally release information.
𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐬: Individually, fraudsters will use spam emails, phishing domains, and other tactics to try to coerce you into disclosing your PII and account information.