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.
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.