This past election and the current administration have highlighted, probably more than any other time the prominence of hacking culture. Hacking, defined as using a computer to gain unauthorized access to information systems; has risen rapidly over the last decade. It is now at the forefront of global politics not just a nuisance for your business. Even with the advancement of intrusion detection services and anti-malware programs, it has become a global problem. Hackers commit their crimes for various reasons, some claim to thwart and expose corruption, others seek to influence politics some just for kicks. At the core of all hacking culture though is what feeds their drive; pride.
Breaches of major celebrities and politicians such as Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in recent months have actually hurt hackers in some way while boosting their bravado at the same time. More and more people are taking preventative steps like anti-virus and intrusion detection services to avoid being a victim too. What you must realize is hackers all use the same tools in some variation or another. Knowing those tools and the general idea of their purpose will help you realize why IT & Network management is so important.
The Hackers Toolkit
Key Logger: This clever tool is basically a modernized version of a phone tap. Rather than listen to phone calls it logs every single key your press on the keyboard. It can be installed remotely masked as a harmless program file or physically via USB drive. Once they have all your keystrokes they can use that information to disseminate and extract your logins and passwords to everything you log into.
Password Cracker: Unfortunately most people are very predictable and routine, so they’re passwords are very easy to guess if you know a bit about them. Some people use common weak passwords like “john123” or something similar and these are easily figured out. However, when someone does create a stronger password there are programs that run an algorithmic formula that generates millions of possible passwords and attempts a login. This is referred to as a brute force attack and can be detected by quality intrusion detection services. Preventing it is a much more complex topic for another post.
Viruses & Malware: A virus is exactly what it sounds like, a program that infects a computer, duplicates itself and spreads to another computer. These viruses can be used to interfere with normal operations of a completely separate network than the one they are infecting using their hosts like robots. IT & Network management services can help safeguard against this but it is still very common regardless. Viruses can give backdoor access to the victim’s network, pilfer private files or even top secret documents, as proven by Anonymous, a hacking group earlier this year.
Protect Your Assets
There are many more tools hackers use to wreak havoc worldwide and they keep evolving. It is a problem that we as a society will deal with indefinitely in this age of technology. The best thing you can do is invest in professional IT & Network management firms that offer quality intrusion detection services and network security. At Marimon we take security very serious and offer the best IT services in the country. Contact one of our security specialists today to get an idea how we can safeguard your company’s valuable data.