What do we do with hackers and their community of hackers

The community of hackers have been troubling a lot of people this past few days especially this Covid-19 period and it is now troubling.

Hackers who are they

Hackers are stealers who don’t mind their business by intruding into the affairs of people’s account for their own interest and personal benefits.

The achievement of hackers especially during this pandemic

The increase of hacking increased by far during this pandemic and it became a thing of worry. From the start of lockdowns on March 10, 2020, until April 15, 2020, hackers attacked the US, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, and China a total of over 148 million times combined and this report was gathered by Atlas VPN.

According to them due to lockdowns, many office-workers gained access to corporate windows workstations or servers via Microsoft’s client software called RDP. Cybercriminals took advantage of sometimes inadequately protected networks. Subsequently, RDP brute-force attacks sky-rocketed in the last few months.

These attacks systematically attempt numerous username and password combinations until the correct one is found. A successful attack gives the cybercriminal remote access to the target computer or server in the corporate network.

The start of the RDP attack increase correlates almost perfectly with the start of lockdowns. Italy was the first to announce a public wide lockdown on March 9, 2020. The US began lockdowns a bit later, starting from March 19, 2020, in California.

From March 10, 2020, RDP brute-force attacks spiked the most in the US, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, and China. We can’t call this and achievement but a big disgrace.

Hacking graph

How do we escape them

With many people in lockdown and working online during the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers have spotted a window of opportunity. The main method of outreach is via phishing emails, containing messages of fear or false financial promises, which often demand an immediate response from recipients.

Hackers are also targeting victims through social media, issuing fake warnings which state: “Your account will be deleted due to fraudulent use within 24 hours, if you don’t act now!”

Such lures are meant to prompt users to click on malicious links, which give hackers access to their personal information.

​The global solutions provider Mr Belarbi says people should “always be paranoid.” As their daily activities, and personal information increasingly becomes more intertwined with the digital landscape and social media.

He said “You really want to be a step ahead of hackers, and never even give them an ounce of a chance to compromise you,”

His advice is to be ‘cybercrime conscious’, meaning not using public Wifi while logging in to personal accounts. He also recommends verifying email addresses before corresponding with them, plus maximizing social media security settings.

With stricter habits like these, he says, nearly 99% of all hacking attempts could be prevented.

Finally social media users having a 2 factor verification code on all your social media platform is advisable, all you need to do is go to settings and set up a two-factor verification code so that your account can’t be easily hacked.

If we follow some of these tips, there is no way the community of hackers would succeed.

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