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Cyberattacks are a big problem. In fact, more than 70% of businesses have been the target of a cyberattack of one kind or another. These attacks can come in through strategically emailed links that install code on local computers to full-scale breaches against critical data systems. Your e-commerce store, your stored credit cards, and even your core systems are all at risk — and don’t think that just because your business is small that you won’t be the target of a cyberattack, either.
While there are many ways to prevent attacks, even companies like Target have been breached in the past. Even the most sophisticated systems will eventually be attacked. More importantly, how can you tell if your company is being targeted by cybercriminals? Here are some of the clues that cybercriminals are trying to breach your system.
Signs Of A Cyberattack
Increase In Spam Emails
While spam might be a delicious type of canned meat that goes with eggs, it’s not something you want in your computer systems. More spam emails can indicate a coordinated effort to breach your system. These systems are at risk because employees who open these emails might inadvertently give hackers access to their computers and, by extension, your entire network. Cybercriminals prey on people’s lack of understanding, their busyness, and their zeal to clear out their emails.
Slower Network Speeds
When your programs are working hard to fend off a cyberattack, it will inevitably slow down network speeds. Your employees may struggle to access files and data due to the time it takes for the network to send this information back. They may not be able to access the internet at work or the speeds could be hindering productivity. These markedly slower internet and network speeds are one of the symptoms of a cyberattack.
If you’ve found private information on the web about your company, then it could indicate a cyberattack. While it could also be a human error, start by checking all systems to ensure there are no vulnerabilities that can allow these sneaky hackers in. Leaked information — such as addresses of customers, financial data, and credit card information — are just a few of the things that hackers can access and leak outside of your company. Additionally, this theft impacts your company, including your reputation. If customers don’t feel safe giving their private information to you, then it will eventually impact your bottom line.
Your Website Is Cloned
It’s important to ensure that the locations you log into are the real thing. One of the ways that cyberattacks happen is through DNS spoofing. They set up a site that looks identical to yours and through sophisticated techniques, they trick you into entering your login information. When this happens, they now have the keys to your website kingdom to wreak all kinds of havoc. Whether they install code to steal data from your customers or use their access to take you down, it’s clear that they don’t have good intentions.
You Experience Ransomware
Want to know if you’ve had an attack? Is someone threatening your company through ransomware? These kinds of attacks try to extort money by locking your computer or systems. They promise to give you access again if you pay them money. While it could be that they are just trying to extort money, it’s also likely that they want to steal financial data, as well. The easiest way to do this is for you to enter it yourself. They gain access to your computer through websites or emails and then install code on your computer that causes all sorts of problems. In turn, this locks you out of systems so that you can’t get work done until you foot the bill or get a skilled IT worker to help.
What Can You Do If You’ve Been Attacked?
The first thing you want to do is to find out how they got in and fix the breach. EDR security is an end-to-end solution designed to not only protect you from these breaches, but also do cleanup in the event of an attack. It’s best to work with IT professionals who know how to navigate things after an attack. If there was a breach of client data, you must contact these individuals to ensure they know they are at risk and to help them to protect their assets and identity.