For the most part, hackers haven't changed their methods. But there are some tweaks to their approach. Let's look at the biggest cyber threats to watch out for in 2023.
Phishing is still the #1 tool hackers like to use to steal your data. Unfortunately, most people still have a bad habit of clicking the first button they see.
Hackers have gotten better at crafting specific emails to trick people in a hurry. NFT and crypto-related emails are more prevalent now.
It is important to learn how to spot these cyber attacks. Phishing emails usually have spelling or grammatical errors. Hackers like to send these emails to someone important, or from a well-known company.
Phishing emails convey a sense of urgency; they will always want you to “act now”, or “transfer this ASAP”. Do not open those emails, click on any links, or download files if you are not confident in the sender.
If you aren't sure, log into the account in a separate tab.
Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a user’s files. The hacker will demand payment, usually in the form of crypto to restore access to the victim’s files.
Hackers mostly use phishing to initiate ransomware attacks. These emails almost always have a bad link to click on or a file to download.
To help guard yourself against these attacks, keep your computer up-to-date. Windows and macOS developers release updates that include security patches. Out-of-date machines are much easier for hackers to take advantage of.
A solid antivirus program will help detect sketchy links or corrupt files.
If you deal with a lot of files, having a solid backup is a top priority. If you become a victim of a ransomware attack, having a backup to restore lost data will lessen the damage.
And NEVER pay the ransom. You won't get your files back.
With the advancements of AI, hackers are getting creative.
Data poisoning attacks corrupt a machine learning model's training data. Hackers will infect AI systems like autocomplete, chatbots, or spam filters with poison data.
For example, if a spam filter is poisoned, emails that would usually go to the spam folder would be marked as safe.
Or facial recognition could be changed so anyone wearing a certain type of glasses can get in.
Developers are learning to protect their AI data from attackers, but you can take precautions now. Since this type of cyber threat is new, hackers are still using similar social engineering techniques.
Like with phishing and ransomware, don't just click the first link you see. Never trust, always verify.
With most cyber threats, hackers are counting on you to be lazy or not pay attention.
Phishing and ransomware attacks are still the go-to in 2023 and will continue as long as users keep falling for them.
AI-powered attacks are new but are becoming more prevalent as hackers learn how to use the tools.
Keep your computer up to date with the latest security patches. Use a VPN if possible, and try some private web options with web browsing and email.
And stay up to date with the latest cybersecurity news!