What are the Common Types of Data Breaches

Enterprise Security Magazine | Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A data breach is a violation of data security when confidential information is leaked, due to which the companies need to apply proper data security. 

FREMONT, CA: A data breach is an abuse of data security in which confidential information is disclosed intentionally or unintentionally to an unauthorized environment or stolen for harmful reasons by hostile actors.

Lone wolves acting for personal benefit, also known as black hats, criminal syndicates, and even state-sponsored parties, are examples of these individuals. In addition, individual users, large corporations, and government entities can all be victims. Names, passwords, phone numbers, medical records, company secrets, and intellectual property are all examples of data that can be stolen.

Data leaks have a wide range of consequences. Organizations that are victims face both direct and indirect expenses like investigation, damages, higher cybersecurity spending, reputational damage, loss of clients, and many more. In addition, compromised data, credit card fraud, phishing attempts, and identity theft can all be costly for users.

Types of Data Breaches

Ransomware - Malicious malware that locks down computers until the hackers are paid a fee known as ransom. The most common method of payment is cryptocurrency.

Malware: Software that is developed to destroy or shut down computers. Malware can sometimes be disguised as anti-malware software or files to deceive consumers.

Brute-force attacks: Attackers submit a large number of passwords or passphrases in the expectation of accurately predicting a combination. This may appear to be an endless job, but keep in mind that these assaults can be automated. In addition, many people choose passwords that are familiar or easy, with no capitalization or special characters.

Keylogging: Spyware that watches and records everything employees do on the keyboard and communicates that information to a third party is one of the oldest types of cyber dangers.

Phishing: It occurs someone replicates a trustworthy entity to obtain access to sensitive information. Phishing is frequently a result of a data breach, with malicious actors launching phishing attempts on the leaked email addresses or phone numbers.

Distributed Denial-of-Service: When hackers make it hard for a corporation to log into its systems, this is known as a data breach known as denial of service. As a kind of digital vigilantism, they are frequently carried out by internet trolls or activists.

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