Guide to Spoofing Attacks: How to Prevent Them
Added 05-24-19 10:14:01pm EST - “Judging its light-hearted name, ?spoofing' may seem harmless at first glance. However, it's one of the most serious types of cyber attacks, responsible for millions of dollars in losses each year. Since spoofing attacks can be hard…” - Ilounge.com
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Judging its light-hearted name, ‘spoofing’ may seem harmless at first glance. However, it’s one of the most serious types of cyber attacks, responsible for millions of dollars in losses each year. Since spoofing attacks can be hard to detect, they can allow attackers to hide in networks for months, giving them plenty of time to steal important data, inject systems with malware, and much more.
A serious spoofing attack can cripple any enterprise—especially small businesses who have less of a financial buffer to fall back on. As a result, it’s crucial that all organisations wise up to spoofing attacks, putting greater emphasis on understanding and preventing them.
Here’s a guide on the basics of spoofing attacks and what you can do to stop them from ruining your business.
Before the advent of cyber attacks, the word ‘spoofing’ was used solely to describe a comedic imitation. Online spoofing attacks got their name because they also involve imitation, but there’s nothing funny about them. In fact, despite getting less press than ransomware and other types of cyberattack, they can be just as harmful—if not more so.
Simply put, spoofing is the practice of imitating a party or device in order to trick another party or device for malicious or fraudulent purposes. This definition may sound vague, but that’s because spoofing can take many forms, each with its own specifics.
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