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Hybrid attack

Hybrid attack

Hybrid attack definition

A hybrid attack is a type of cyberattack where the perp uses more than one tool to get into a device or network. While typical cyberattacks usually involve an attacker using one tool to crack a password or get into a device or network, a hybrid attack combines more, so the attack is stronger and more effective.

Usually, hybrid cyberattacks are a mix of brute-force and dictionary attacks. Hackers use these types of attacks to crack passwords that were already changed once. For example, a hacker cracks someone’s password, but the person finds out and creates a stronger one that now includes words and numbers. The hacker can then use a hybrid attack to crack the new password that now has numbers in it as well. So, if someone’s password is London1999, a hacker can figure it out with a hybrid attack. Hybrid attacks also include symbols in characters when they’re cracking a password.

See also: dictionary attack, brute-force attack

Hybrid attack protection

  • Create strong passwords.
  • Don’t use common words like dog, cat, house, etc.
  • Don’t combine widely used words with numbers.
  • Don’t repeat letters in your passwords.
  • Don’t repeat numbers in your passwords.
  • Avoid using your first name, last name, birthday, or other personal information.
  • Use a unique password for every account you have.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi, or if you have to use it, get a VPN.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security