Cybercrime is constantly evolving, and new threats are constantly emerging. Some of the latest and most prevalent cybercrime threats include:
- Ransomware: This is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files. The attackers then demand a ransom from the victim to restore access to the files; hence the name.
- Phishing: This is a type of social engineering attack in which the attacker tries to trick the victim into giving away sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card numbers, by pretending to be a trustworthy source.
- Malvertising: This is the use of online advertising to spread malware. The attackers will place malicious ads on legitimate websites, and when a user clicks on the ad, their device becomes infected.
- Cryptojacking: This is the unauthorized use of someone’s computer to mine cryptocurrency. The attackers will install malware on the victim’s device that uses the device’s resources to mine for cryptocurrency, often without the victim’s knowledge.
- IoT attacks: The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the growing number of internet-connected devices, such as smart thermostats and security cameras. These devices can be vulnerable to attack, and if an attacker can gain access to one, they may be able to use it as a stepping stone to gain access to other devices on the network.
It is important to stay up to date on the latest cyber threats and to use strong, unique passwords and be cautious when clicking on links or downloading attachments.