Email hacking has become more prevalent as fraudsters continue to find more innovative techniques to manipulate this popular communication method. Below, we have included some of the most notable email hacks being reported in the market. We’ve also included some best tips and practices to help prevent you from falling victim to these debilitating attacks.
Phishing is a popular hack among fraudsters which involves making emails look as if they are being sent from a legitimate company. These emails normally request personal information such as passwords and account numbers to verify or validate an account. Unknowingly, people reply will back with this information believing that it came from a legitimate sender. As a result, these fraudsters can use this information to open new accounts, gain access to existing accounts and commit other types of identity fraud.
Hackers generally embed malware, trojans as well as other viruses within emails as a means of gaining access to a user’s personal information. Above all, these viruses open a door into your computer allowing hackers to steal personal information such as passwords and more.
Cryptojacking is a form of malware used to mine for valuable online currencies like Bitcoin. The primary purpose of cryptojacking is to take over and exploit the resources associated with a computer or a mobile device. Consequently, this type of malware is vicious. Cryptojacking involves infecting a computer or device with a form of malware that remains hidden on a device. This hidden malware can easily cripple devices, servers, web browsers and more. The worst part is that most users may not notice that their device has been affected. This innovative software is designed to stay hidden from users while effectively scavenging the device resources.
Money is the driving force behind cryptojacking. Most noteworthy, mining cryptocurrencies can be extremely profitable if someone has the means and the resources.
With the reliance on mobile communications at an all time high, text hacking has become more prevalent over the past few years. There are many forms of text hacking including innovative techniques which can infect phones with just a single text.
In a recent study conducted by cybersecurity company, Zimperium, it was discovered that mobile devices had a pronounced flaw which allowed devices to be hacked by text messages. Both Android devices and Apple devices were the vulnerable to these nasty computer bugs.
In most cases that were discovered, the user’s device was exposed to the hack despite not even opening the message. In the case of Apple devices, a single text was sent with minimal words included. Ultimately, the hack would render iMessages inoperable. More importantly, a user’s private information was at the mercy of such hacks.
Nearly 95% of all Android users were susceptible to this hack. With Android devices, the hack provided an open door for hackers to take total control of the infected Android devices. Despite attempts by Google and others to limit the access of hackers, these innovative text hacks provided a work around to those enhanced security measures.
While things were eventually resolved, and the threat eventually eliminated for both Android and Apple devices, there are still many questions about future prevention of such text hacks. There were many victims whose information was exposed due to this hack. If you have questions and/or feel that you may have experienced data losses because of this type of hacking, get a free consultation now and connect with our data recovery experts.
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