Possible Cyber Attacks That Harm Sensitive Online Data

With the constant rise of the internet, businesses in every domain are moving more and more data onto the World Wide Web. Now, it seems a tedious task for different organizations and government bodies to function without the internet. It (the internet) has made it much easier for the enterprises to share data and information with the users worldwide, and create their identity in today’s competitive market. But, data protection must be the top priority of the enterprises, as various types of cyberattacks are increasing continuously over the internet. More than thousands of people globally every day experience some form of security breach. Cyberattacks occur in many different forms. Cybercriminals develop, or use, the latest methods of attack that can bypass even a highly secure data and information available online. Reliable data protection is a must in the digital age.

Below are the possible cyberattacks that occur on the sensitive online data, and provide harm to it:


A botnet is a network of systems combined with the purpose of remotely taking control and distributing malware. Botnets are controlled via C&C Servers (Command-and-Control Servers), and used by the cybercriminals on a large scale for several malicious activities such as stealing private information, exploiting online data and information, DDoS attacks, spam and phishing emails.

Man-In-The-Middle Attack

Man-in-the-middle attack is one of the cyberattacks where an attacker or hacker looks to interrupt as well as breach communications between two separate systems. It is considered a highly dangerous attack because the attacker secretly intercepts and transmits messages between two parties when they are under the belief that they are communicating directly with each other.

DoS (Denial-of-Service) Attack

A Denial-of-Service attack occurs on a network or server where an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing information or services. In a typical DoS attack, an attacker attempts to disrupt the normal functioning of a website or the web service, and makes it difficult or impossible for the legitimate users to use the service. The attacker will overload a site’s server with requests above the capacity of the site, meaning that legitimate requests cannot be processed.

The examples of a DoS attack have been given below:

  • Inability to reach a website.
  • A higher than usual volume of spam email.
  • Disrupting service to a specific person or system.
  • Flooding a network with traffic to prevent legitimate traffic from flowing.
  • Preventing a person from accessing a service and disrupting the connection between two specific machines.
  • Degradation in network performance, especially when attempting to open files stored on the network or accessing websites.

Social Engineering

Social Engineering is the act of manipulating people, so that they give up confidential information. The main purpose of this cyberattack is to know secret data and information of the users. This information may include bank details, login credentials, etc.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a type of cyberattack in which an attacker hacks your secret password, and log in to your valuable online account and data. To prevent this cyberattack, you can simply enable 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) security method on all your online accounts. This method is also referred to as Two Step Verification.

Phishing Attack

Phishing attack, one of the dangerous cyberattacks, is a form of fraud in which the attacker tries to seek information such as login credentials (usernames and passwords) and credit card details for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication channels.

Hope, you have gone through all the above-listed possible cyberattacks. To better protect your valuable data, never disclose your secret login credentials with anyone.