Zero-day attacks are hitting some big names in tech!

Zero-day attacks have hit some big names in tech, like Apple, Microsoft, and Google. So, what are they?  They are cyber attacks that exploit a previously unknown vulnerability in a software application or system.  The term “zero-day” refers to the fact that the vulnerability is unknown to the software vendor and therefore has not been patched or fixed. This makes zero-day attacks particularly dangerous, as they can be used to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data, install malware, or cause other types of damage. These types of attacks are happening more frequently as hackers sell their zero-day hacks to other hackers on the Dark Web.

Tips to protect yourself from Zero-Day Attacks

    • Keep your software up to date: Software vendors often release patches or updates to fix known vulnerabilities. By keeping your software up to date, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to a zero-day attack.
    • Use
      a firewall and antivirus software
      : Firewalls and antivirus software can help detect and block malicious traffic and software, reducing the risk of a zero-day attack.
    • Be cautious when opening emails and downloading attachments: Zero-day attacks can be delivered via email or other messaging platforms. Be wary of unsolicited emails or attachments, and only download files from trusted sources.
    • Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication: Strong passwords and two-factor authentication can help prevent unauthorized access to your accounts and data.
    • Turn off your devices: Simply turning off all your devices on a regular basis. This simple practice makes it much harder for hackers to deploy these attacks.

Want to know more?

MIT Technology Review