Understanding hackers and the real threats to your business in the digital age!

by Gilbert J Donald

First of all, let me make it very clear that I am discussing this to convey the real importance of data recovery services and why you should have a relationship with data recovery UK services well before you ever need them. There are a host of other threats to your computer out there, and to your data, so just because you may or may not be a likely target for any kind of hacking or cybercrime does not make your business safe.

Data recovery services can reliably recover 99.9% of your data from damaged hard drives, industrial backup tapes, optical media and failed servers of mixed technology. Remember, whenever your data is outdated or missing, that is a crucial period of time when your business can’t render proper customer service, perform any accurate business operations or do any kind of billing or transaction with other companies or customer bases. Time is money, so you are shut down and every minute you are, you are hemorrhaging money. You should not wait until you are caught with your pants down before acquiring data recovery UK services. Seriously, if our little discussion of hackers today makes you feel more safe, don’t make foolish decisions or lack thereof based on such entities probably not being a threat to you.

That said, let’s talk about hackers. Hackers have been a concept known to the public since the 1980s, though beyond being people who somehow breached security and committed crimes over computers, they weren’t really understood at all by said public. The truth is, while each subsequent generation understands this stuff more and more due to computers being so intimately familiar to them, most people don’t really understand what a hacker is or what hacking itself is even now.

We all remember scenes from movies like Ferris Bueller, War Games or hackers for those 90s kids reading this. To be honest, the first 2 actually depicted what hacking look like fairly accurately for their time, but movies like hackers and other Hollywood computer thrillers really don’t, opting to make the things shown on screen look interesting. That’s fine, a real hack still doesn’t look much more interesting than a wall of text.

But how is hacking done? That is something harder to get into because hacking is used to describe a number of things these days. Modifying the system on a game console to allow third-party software to run on them is called hacking a console, though the term jailbreak is much more accurate for this. Modifying game executables or old game ROM images is also referred to as hacking, though modding is a more appropriate term for these.

When it comes to intrusions into personal data, personal accounts, other machines, business servers and other things along those lines, this is achieved through a multitude of ways. The oldest way was to trick the receiving computer into overflowing its memory, a thing which altered permissions of any programs running to that of administrators, put simply. This is called a stack overflow, and yes, the tech forum is named after this. This isn’t normally how it is done these days, with brute force majors use to find hidden back doors used by administrators, finding weak exploits in database queries through inspecting browser activity in chrome, tricking users into downloading programs that open up into their space and so forth.

You don’t actually need to understand how all of that is achieved to be fairly safe from it, as being smart about where you browse, keeping your system and Internet security set to appropriate levels and just not opening suspicious things is usually enough to prevent almost all of these from being particularly easy to achieve. What you actually need to worry about is the motivation behind a hack. There are several, and not all of them are somebody trying to steal corporate secrets, personal secrets or government secrets.

There are basically 2 types of hacks, destructive and intrusive. While intrusive could be used to describe any kind of fact, and intrusive hack is one in which information was viewed and copied, but no changes nor deletions were made. Destructive ones include any kind of hack wherein data is altered, not just tax wherein obvious damage is done, or deletion done.

Sometimes a hack can be both, of course, with someone copying the data and then deleting the original. Intrusive hacks are usually for the purposes of stealing information. This could be personal information, this could be business information. This isn’t always done with necessarily evil intent, as many dirty secrets about various governments were made public due to hackers, and many dirty secrets hidden by various companies met the same fate. However, you definitely don’t want information thieves getting into your computer nor your business computers.

Destructive hacks come in 2 forms. Either these were just simple changes or deletions of the data, or they encrypted all of the data for the purposes of ransomware. The motivation behind ransomware is pretty obvious, with the employers of said nefarious software holding the cipher to decrypt everything ransom for large amounts of crypto currency.

The ones where changes are made or deletions are made but no ransom is demanded are just someone either doing it for the heck of it or perhaps representing some group that your company has inadvertently earned hatred from. Any company can have this happen if they took off one person with any kind of influence in dens of scum and villainy like 4Chan.

If you feel like these aren’t likely things to happen to your business, or you do have enough security in place, remember, ransomware can get through all kinds of security. Thankfully, data recovery services the damage done by ransomware for a far lower price than what the jerks are demanding for the cipher. They have access to the latest computing technologies to extrapolate, brute force and logarithmically crack any kind of encryption that ransomware could possibly have. Remember, the encryptions can’t be that severe, your own CPU is forced to do the encryption.

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