What is a hacker attack?
A hacker attack is a set of actions aimed at finding vulnerabilities in digital systems, for example on computers, smartphones, tablet devices or even entire computer networks. At the same time, it should be noted that hackers are not always engaged in malicious activities, but today the term “hacking” is usually used in the context of illegal actions, and hackers are called cybercriminals who seek to gain financial benefits, protest, collect certain information (that is, they are engaged in cyber espionage) or just want to have fun.

Many people tend to think that a typical hacker is a talented young self-taught or odious programmer who is able to modify hardware or software in a special way in order to use it for purposes not originally laid down by the manufacturer. But this approach simplifies the view of the problem and does not allow us to comprehend all the variety of motives that motivate hackers to act. If you need more information about hackers, please read Wendy Zamora’s note “Under the hoodie: why money, power, and ego drive hackers to cybercrime”

Under the Hood: Why Money, Power, and Selfishness Push Hackers to crime.

Hacker attacks are usually of a technical nature (such as malicious advertising, which introduces dangerous objects to the computer in shadow mode and does not require user participation). However, hackers can also resort to psychological methods to fraudulently force a user to open a malicious attachment or provide confidential data. Such methods are called social engineering methods.