Watering hole attacks are one of the newer developments targeted at disrupting your internet security. And while it sounds quite silly, especially when you think about it in the wildlife sense, it is, in fact, proving to be quite a successful tactic for cybercriminals.
It’s true, you are being observed and stalked just like those innocent animals around their watering hole. Except, your watering hole is a lot bigger, it’s the world wide web, which means these attacks can catch many more victims.
The biggest takeaway here is that these attacks most definitely do work. And these hacks are much harder to stop than other hacks. Watering hole attacks compromise legitimate websites, and prey on the shortcomings that surround secure software development.
So, what’s the best line of defense with these hacking attempts?
Here at BullGuard, we’ve helped you to understand the risks of clicking on links you receive in emails, and we’ve given you the tools to understand what is safe to engage with online, and how to identify what is not. Unfortunately, the cyber criminals are getting smarter and have realized that the public they are targeting aren’t going to fall for phishing attacks so easily anymore. They’ve had to rethink their game, and they’re now targeting the websites we visit instead, and catching more of us than before.
The key to cracking the cybercriminals behind these watering hole attacks is education. Employees and individuals alike need to be trained to identify potentially risky sites so they can avoid them. But, with massive technology companies like Twitter, Facebook and Apple, all falling victims to the watering hole trick recently, it seems there is still a lot of education that needs to happen!
If Apple and Facebook can’t protect themselves, how on earth can we? That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? Well there are ways. Subscribing to this blog will help you continue to build the tools you need to stay one step ahead of these rather smart cybercriminals, and BulGuard can offer you other tools of protection as well.
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