Targeted cyberattacks have become a common, emerging threat within the last few years. Rather than trying to cause damage on a wide scale, these attacks are launched against a specific organization or a particular individual. In order to deal with these attacks, it is important to understand the purposes behind the attacks, how the attacks are launched and how to safeguard against them.
Common purposes for targeted cyberattacks
Typically, targeted cyberattacks have one or more of the following goals:
Data theft and exposure
Some attackers try to steal data from the target in order to uncover sensitive information or to humiliate the target through data exposure. This data can be about critical facilities, sensitive sites, finances, customer credentials, trade secrets, etc.