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6/9/2017
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How End-User Devices Get Hacked: 8 Easy Ways

Security experts share the simplest and most effective methods bad guys employ to break into end-user devices.
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Phishing
'Phishing is still the easiest way to compromise a user,' says Ragan. Spear phishing hits specific users with a malicious attachment; for example, an Office document with macros enabled or a PowerShell script that overtakes their system.
Fincher agrees phishing is the simplest means to an end for cybercriminals looking for easy targets. She consistently sees users tricked into clicking on links via email or text, a method known as SmShing.
'The cost and threat is low, requires low technical ability on the part of the attacker, and has the potential to reach many targets as once,' Fincher adds.
(Image: Wk1003mike via Shutterstock)

Phishing

"Phishing is still the easiest way to compromise a user," says Ragan. Spear phishing hits specific users with a malicious attachment; for example, an Office document with macros enabled or a PowerShell script that overtakes their system.

Fincher agrees phishing is the simplest means to an end for cybercriminals looking for easy targets. She consistently sees users tricked into clicking on links via email or text, a method known as SmShing.

"The cost and threat is low, requires low technical ability on the part of the attacker, and has the potential to reach many targets as once," Fincher adds.

(Image: Wk1003mike via Shutterstock)

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6/12/2017 | 2:28:52 PM
Hijacking Wireless Across Geographic Divides
As wireless mobile devices come closer to acting as an infrastructure for extended Internet ecosystems, the idea that "wireless hijacking can't be done across broad geographical regions" may quickly be proven untrue.  The work we do now to solidify security standards against local wireless hacking should include anticipation for global threats, too.  As it is, remote access of phones and mobile devices through other means besides wireless hijacking is already a reality, so all the more treating one device as a weak link in all relative wireless networks to it should be a given.     
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