Types of unauthorized access on networks

By | January 19, 2023

Types of unauthorized access that can occur on networks:

Hacking: unauthorized access to a computer system or network by a hacker, who uses various techniques such as exploiting vulnerabilities, guessing passwords, or using malware.

Phishing: the use of fake emails, websites, or text messages to trick individuals into giving away personal information or login credentials.

Social engineering: manipulating or tricking individuals into revealing sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security.

Malware: the use of malicious software to gain unauthorized access to a computer system or network. This includes viruses, Trojans, and ransomware.

Denial of Service (DoS) attacks: using a network of compromised computers to flood a target website or network with traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users.

Man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks: intercepting and modifying communications between two parties without their knowledge.

Advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks: a targeted and prolonged cyber attack, typically carried out by a nation-state or other highly-resourced actor.

Insider threat: unauthorized access to a computer system or network by someone who has legitimate access to the system, such as an employee or contractor.