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Posted on December 4, 2019

4 Most Common Types Of Cyber Attacks On Small Businesses

The internet-powered interconnected world is constantly evolving. Small to medium-sized businesses are the backbone of global economies around the world. What happens when you add a fast evolving interconnected world to a fragile business? 

You end up with a small group of cyber criminals wreaking havoc on small to medium business’s infrastructure and systems. Thus to empower businesses, we present a comprehensive list of types of cyberattacks.

Learning from this list, even websites, and web application developers can adopt better development practices.

Web Application Based Cyber Attacks On Small Businesses

The internet has grown to become a much more dynamic place when compared to previous years. To handle such dynamic information, websites and web applications have seen greater integration. 

Cyber attackers have used this inter-dependence to their benefit. By exploiting weak web application design, cyber attackers can compromise corresponding websites. This allows cybercriminals to conduct cyber attacks on small businesses that can’t protect themselves.

Web application developers must be mindful of the following list of types of cyber attacks vulnerabilities possible while developing apps: 

  • Cross-Site scripting
  • Malicious SQL injections
  • Platform vulnerability in WordPress
  • LAN connection breach
  • Remote Foam Jacking

DDoS Based Cyber Attacks

DDoS or Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks are the oldest trick in the book, when it comes to cyber attacks on small businesses. In a DDoS attack, the cybercriminals conducting the attack flood a computer network with excess information to overload the system. A strategically crafted DDoS attack can cripple the best web hosting provider, thus compromising your hosted website.

With the internet getting more pervasive with the rise of IoT the threat of DDoS attacks is on the high. By 2025, there are going to be nearly 70+ Billion IoT devices all around the world. Web application developers must factor in tough verification methods to stop mass DDoS attacks.

MITM Based Cyber Attacks

MITM or Man-In-The-Middle cyber attack is an extremely potent cyber threat out of the list of types of cyberattacks. A cybercriminal in a MITM attack, would secretly pose as an insider and discreetly intercept and alter informational transmission between two parties. 

A cyber attack where the cybercriminal actively eavesdrops on a supposedly ‘secure’ connection is a prime example of a MITM attack. Web application developers must include robust ‘key-protocol agreements’ to actively authenticate network connections on a system. 

The breach of a secure connection between customer/users and business can be one of the most devastating cyberattacks on small businesses.

Malware Based Cyber Attacks 

Malware or malicious software-based attack is one of the most common cyber attacks on small businesses. A regular malware attack would include infiltrating, infecting, and executing malicious actions on the victim’s computer system.

A malware attack is a broad term used to a wide list of types of cyber attacks like: 

  • Viruses
  • Ransomware
  • Spyware
  • Cammon and Control

The number of attacks possible under the umbrella of malware should alert web application developers to get their guard up

Our Take

It is imperative that small to medium-sized businesses to keep their cyber threat perception updated. The cyberattack risk faced by small to medium-sized businesses is far too great to be neglected. 

Thus it must be a top priority for businesses to partner with experienced websites and web application developers. This mutual partnership allows businesses to take full advantage of the internet.


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