Hacking a site or a database takes a decent amount of skill and a lot of man hours, as you can imagine. But, there’s a new breed of hacker that isn’t as skilled… we’ll call them “aspiring hackers”. Instead of spending their days cracking code, they’re simply using premade hacking tools developed by more advanced hackers.
Interestingly enough, some of the stories you’ve read about hacking, were done by these aspiring hackers and their tools.
These premade tools are actually responsible for more hacks than one would imagine, simply because they are made to prey on the weaknesses within the software and hardware they are targeting. These types of hacks are known as exploits.
Perhaps these wannabe hackers are the ones we should be the most concerned about when it comes to our internet security. Forums frequented by hackers are being used to instate new cybercriminals, with 28% of threads focused on ‘beginner hacking’ and 5% on ‘hacking tutorials’. These communities of hackers allow them to develop reputations, gain experience and find work. The good news is that these forums are also helping internet security companies and research firms better understand hackers and the areas that they are targeting. These forums, as intelligence-gathering tools, are vital in the defence of our internet security.
In the meantime, what can you do to protect yourself? Put up all of your web shields, and use BullGuard Internet Security 2013 for its impenetrable security features, including the Vulnerability Scanner that spots outdated software those hackers can exploit, and the Firewall that protects you and your data from hackers ever entering your system.