Watering hole attack definition
A watering hole attack is a cyberattack in which the attacker guesses or observes websites frequently used by employees of a targeted organization and infects them with malware.
Watering hole attack examples
- In 2019, an attack dubbed The Holy Water Campaign, targeted Asian religious and charity groups — the victims were prompted to update Adobe Flash, which triggered the attack.
- In 2016, the Canada-based International Civil Aviation Organization spread malware that infected the United Nations network.
Stopping a water hole attack
- Never click on unknown links
- Use an antivirus
- Enable NordVPN’s Threat Protection feature