Hacking Viruses and Other Malicious Viruses

Viruses can replicate themselves on computer/phone systems, making them inoperable. They can do this by attaching themselves to programs and files that are unnoticed. This allows viruses to spread throughout the entire system. Viruses are most often hidden within insecure apps, music, movies, photos, free games, and toolbars.

Hacking is used primarily to steal information or cause financial harm to companies. Hackers employ a variety of methods including brute force, encryption, polymorphic coding, phishing and more to gain access to sensitive information. Once hackers have this information, they may sell it or create a botnet to launch attacks on other systems or users.

Some viruses are designed to take passwords, personal information and other sensitive data such as dates of birth. These kinds of viruses are called ransomware. Ransomware attacks have been common and have impacted large enterprises like the Colonial Pipeline (world’s largest beefpacker), JBS, and the Steamship Authority ferry service.

Another method hackers use for taking advantage of information is by attacking unsecure websites. They can do this using a method known as exploit kits. Exploit kits are software programs that automatically scan websites for vulnerabilities and then install malicious software on your device without being aware of it happening.

Keep your operating system, apps, and devices up-to-date to avoid being hacked. These updates contain critical security patches that close vulnerabilities that hackers love exploiting. Also, use passwords that are strong. A good rule of thumb is not to use any word found in the dictionary, or any personal information, such as your date of birth.


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