As the name suggests, targeted malware is a set of cyberattacks that are explicitly designed to target a particular organisation, to steal very sensitive info.
Malware has several meanings, such as:
At risk – targets can be governments, private companies, public affairs, financial institutions or individuals.
Why is it so dangerous? 💣
Because malware is often difficult to detect, and devices are typically infected without CIO or CISO even noticing.
Something to consider when malware attacks get more sophisticated & Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that global damages will reach $20B next year. 👇
$20,000,000,000 – this is expected damage caused by malware to organisations in 2021 alone. 💰😕
If we understand how a malware attack is organised, we are in a much better position to protect against it.
Usually, hackers follow this process:
👉Intelligence Gathering. Intruders use social engineering to influence the target by delayed-functioning, occurring business-related issues/concerns, and affecting multiple regions of interest.
👉Point of Entry. Generally, initiate crime through phishing, spear phishing, software exploits, or water hole techniques, hence texting and peer-to-peer communication leading to malware downloading by the user also being used.
👉Command and Control Communication. A week loophole is used to reach the system and manipulate the organization’s network.
👉Lateral Movement. Targeted attackers freely move inside the network infrastructure to obtain useful information.
👉Data/Information Recovery. The information is distinguished and moved through far-off access devices like Trojans (RATs) and authentic tools.
👉Data Exfiltration. Targeted attacks endeavour to stay undetected in the system to access the organization’s royal gems or important information.
How to protect your business? The best guard is an early admonition framework.