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Cyber Security Threats 2018: How to Stay Safe Online

2017 had left all the loopholes in modern cybersecurity systems exposed to large-scale ransomware attacks like the WannaCry and NotPetya. Hackers had successfully executed high-level hacks in many businesses and government systems too.

However, the rise of ethical hacking successfully combated all those attacks effectively. 2018 is expected to up the hacking game further with hackers aiming to thwart the current cybersecurity system.

During May and June 2017, when WannaCry and NotPetya attacks were wreaking havoc in the digital world, Indian Cyber Army helped many small and large businesses keep their respective digital portals secure from the ransomware attacks. ICA had resorted to ethical hacking to bail out websites and databases from different internet attacks.

2018 is expected to come up with some more threatening cyber security threats. Hackers are finding advanced tools to crack your security systems. To keep you safe from the top upcoming cyber threats of 2018, we, at the Indian Cyber Army, have got this list.

10 cyber security threats & how to stay safe online from them

1. Cryptomining

The rise of Cryptocurrencies is no more a secret to anyone. With rising turn up in Bitcoin users, the Bitcoin network and other digital currency platforms have become vulnerable to cyber threats. With money involved, attempts of hacking Bitcoin and other digital currencies are bound to be of the top level. Decrypting cryptocurrencies, however, requires some massive computing capacity to solve complex mathematical problems. For that hackers will be smartly hijacking thousands of computers.

How to Counter it

Ethical Hacking can serve as the best bet against hackers willing to hijack an entire network of computers. Through Ethical Hacking, malicious attempts by alien systems to get into a network can be traced and blocked easily. ICAs Cyber Helpline Numbers have been serving people with proficient ethical hacking services of late and will also help you out keep away all the cyber security threats been posed to cryptocurrencies.

2. Spectre and Meltdown

Most modern microprocessors have been found to have a design feature which researchers believe can allow content, including encrypted data, to be read from memory using malicious Javascript code. The two variants of this issue are termed Spectre and Meltdown. They break down the isolation between applications. What makes them more gruesome is the fact that they affect every system, from your smartphone as well as big servers.

How to Counter it

There are patches available for cloud service providers that complicate the process of executing a Meltdown or Spectre. However, not many companies have opted for it as the patches reduce the efficiency of the system. Customers should question their cloud service providers as to how are they responding to Spectre and Meltdown.

3. Backdoor Software Updates

Software Updates have become the new Trojan Horse of late. Customers/users are unable to clearly make out whether the update is genuinely from their service provider or not. Hackers use the software updates to affect all of the application’s users and ultimately end up affecting the software itself. In 2017, hackers had installed a backdoor in CCleaner software. That was supposed to optimise system performance that affected over 2 million users.

How to Counter it

To stay safe online, firstly, verify if the updates available are genuine or not. Then install updates only from verified sources. Unknown and uncertified sources are the only way hackers can creep into your systems. Do not fall for any update trap that comes as a popup on any malicious website. If you still find it difficult to identify if the update is genuine it not, don’t worry. Dial Indian Cyber Army’s cyber helpline numbers and get yourself sorted out.

4. Data Breaches

The number of cloud users is on the rise with providers offering unlimited cloud storage on even handheld devices. Data breaches on cloud storages can be termed one of the most common cyber threats since a long. It will continue to be in 2018 too. The reasons for data breaches can vary from user to user. Hackers targets information including personal credentials, financial information, a company’s secret documents, or other such stuff. It is still prevalent because of the general issues like human error, application vulnerabilities, or poor security practices.

How to Counter it

Maintaining your cloud storage properly is the only way to counter the large-scale data breaches prevalent in the digital world. Keeping strong credentials for your account and not leaving it unsecured on any device is the basic thing to be safe on the internet. If preventions don’t help, you can contact the Indian Cyber Army and get the cure done.

5. Cloud Ransomware

Britain’s National Health Service, San Francisco’s light-rail network, and big companies such as FedEx had been targeted by hackers through their ransomware attacks in 2017 and to some extent were successful too. Ransomware are a simple form of malware that locks down all the system files through its decrypted data. Hackers use this Ransomware to get into major companies’ systems. They lock their files and then demand money to provide them with the unlock keys.

How to Counter it

Users of major Cloud service providers like Google, IBM, or Amazon need not worry much as their team of ethical hackers is enough to counter ransomware threats. However, users of small companies providing cloud storages should check with the company to see if they can help you bail out of any such ransomware attacks.

6. Weaponization of AI

While companies have resorted to using AI (Artificial Intelligence) to trace and counter any hack attacks on their systems, hackers are doing it the other way round. An example of hackers using AI is the spear phishing. Hackers can use AI to generate more phishing messages as compared to humans and can also develop malware good enough to fool the security services that are ready to block any and every malicious code.

How to Counter it

Countering this won’t be easy as it doesn’t have a fixed path of entering your system. However, a careful usage of the internet through certified sources can help reduce the risk big time. As there is not any major precaution available, ICA’s cyber helpline numbers become your best choice to help you out with a cure once affected.

7. Hackers Adopting Advanced Tools

Hackers will be up with some more advanced tools and services. They have been constantly spinning their web on the internet by rebuilding their hacking tools to beat most of the cyber defences. Insecure credentials and improper handling have made the hacker’s job easier as the tools they’d be using would be modern enough to capitalise on any mistake.

How to Counter it

While hackers use modern tools to breach through your cyber defence, you should stay updated to match their modern attacking tools. Indian Cyber Army Organization helps you get the best and updated ethical hacking tools that can easily counter malicious hacking attempts and help you keep your system secure.

8. PsyOps

The spread of Malicious links in your Facebook feed is on the rise and is becoming difficult for Facebook itself to handle them. The large volumes in which they appear have made them more dangerous. Through fake news links, questioning apps and other such links, hackers get themselves in a strong position to phish anyone’s account.

How to Control it

Avoid following pages that look to spread spams in your news feed. Don’t click on links which are not from any registered and trusted source. Do not fall prey to any attempt to get your information. Autolike bots, auto follower bots, and other such stuff should be at any and every cost.

9. Lack of Strong Credentials

Though most of the cyber security services ask users to generate a healthy password, people still prefer to choose the easy ones that are way more traceable. To add more to it, in 2018, it will become difficult for the cyber security companies to make out what can be a strong password. Hackers will be hitting the credentials storage directly which will make it difficult for users to protect their data.

How to Counter it

Cyber security awareness & ethical hacking is the need of the hour. Users can learn ethical hacking themselves and try to check their security all on their own. For any assistance on ethical hacking, you can drop a call to any of the Indian Cyber Army’s cybercrime helpline numbers.

10. Unmanaged Risks in the Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT (Internet of Things) devices are more vulnerable to a hack and have a much more insecure design. However, many organisations are opting for it due to its lack of complexion. IoT devices also kill the transparency and give the organisations a chance to use the user’s data in ways unintended by the user. This is a serious issue as a security compromise in IoT devices connected with industrial control systems can lead to a harm to individuals or even loss of life as the industrial tools would go out of control.

How to Counter it

IoT devices are the new trend and it would be stupid to rule them out entirely. Develop a transparent system that will give the user a bit more control over his own data and make him a tad more powerful when it comes to his own digital security.

Stay safe online against these cyber security issues

It is imperative for government departments, regulators, senior business managers and information security professionals to understand the threats that are to come up in 2018 against the growing digital world.

Moreover, with Digital India still doing the rounds, Indian Cyber Security Forces need to take up the issue more seriously as the knowledge available with Indian user base is much less when compared to the western world.

As an attempt to train the Indian users against the different cyber threats, Indian Cyber Army (ICA) keeps striving harder and harder by coming up with all the required information for the users. For any further assistance on Ethical Hacking or any other cyber security measures, you can join Indian Cyber Army or dial cybersecurity helpline number +91 99686 00000. We are always available to aid you.