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Targeted Attacks

In a targeted attack, your organisation is singled out because the attacker has a specific interest in your business, or has been paid to target you. The groundwork for the attack could take months so that they can find the best route to deliver their exploit directly to your systems (or users). A targeted attack is often more damaging than an un-targeted one because it has been specifically tailored to attack your systems, processes or personnel, in the office and sometimes at home. Targeted attacks may include:

  • spear-phishing – sending emails to targeted individuals that could contain an attachment with malicious software, or a link that downloads malicious software
  • deploying a botnet – to deliver a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack
  • subverting the supply chain – to attack equipment or software being delivered to the organisation

Source of Information

Information taken from the National Cyber Security Centre pdf “Common Cyber Attacks: Reducing the Impact