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A passive cyber attack involves hackers watching and scanning the systems for weaknesses that would allow them to access the data.
Fremont, CA: Despite a flurry of technical advancements committed to cyber security, the world is still seeing higher growth in cyber attacks than defensive capabilities.
Today, organizations are all focused on cutting-edge technologies and methods that they can use to safeguard their resources. Basic security measures are, in fact, just as vital as these investments. Passive cyberattacks, such as the one against Polecat, are unsurprising in the absence of these.
Ways That Passive Cyber Attacks May Damage Your Data
A passive cyber attack involves hackers watching and scanning the systems for weaknesses that would allow them to access the data. Such an attack doesn't always require data manipulation, which makes it difficult to detect in most cases.
Premeditation is also involved in passive cyber attacks. When hackers get access to the network, they gather data in a variety of methods. They aim to gather as much information as possible to attack your system or network at a later date.
The installation of a keylogger is another indicator of passive cyber attacks. An invader waits for the user to input their credentials before recording them and using them later.
Tips To Prevent Your Organization From Passive Cyber Attacks
Installing some degree of access control and encrypting the data at rest is one way to protect sensitive data against passive cyber attacks. If Polecat's abandoned server had any encryption, for example, the hackers' effort to access their data wouldn't be as successful. Avoiding publishing sensitive information on any public forum is another apparent method to keep it safe. However, hackers may have a more challenging time subsequently gaining access to the private networks.