Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona and we’re excited that our CEO, Eva Chen, is among the illustrious group of technology leaders in attendance. As experts and professionals from around the world gather to discuss the latest and future mobile innovations in the marketplace, it’s important to remember the cyber risks that come with them and how to protect your mobile devices and valuable data against common threats. We list five possible attacks cybercriminals can launch on the Internet of Everything (IoE) and what you can do to mitigate risks.
Sniffer Attack. This attack involves a program called a “sniffer,” which sniffs out any unencrypted information passing through a network and then steals it.
Denial of Service Attack. Cybercriminals use this type of attack to prevent or slow down the use of certain networks and/or devices.
Compromised-Key Attack. In this type of attack, the key to encrypted communication is stolen and then used to interpret the encrypted data.
Password-Based Attack. Cybercriminals using this type of attack break into a network and/or a device connected to a specific network by guessing or stealing its password.
Man-in-the-Middle Attack. In this attack, a third party steals the data being transmitted between two parties and/or devices.
IoE ushers in an exciting era of increased convenience, mobility and innovation. Many of the smart devices in today’s marketplace are revolutionary and offer a glimpse into our collective future. However, with increased ease and connectivity comes less privacy. The more these devices gather and transfer your personal data, the more opportunities cybercriminals have to intercept it and use it for their criminal purposes. That’s why we all need to be aware of these risks and be fully prepared to do our part to mitigate them.
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