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
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