Impact of a Cyber Security Attack

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Every cyber-security attack has a negative.  These may be to a business, or individuals, or both.

The main impacts of a cybersecurity attack include ...

  • Denial of service (DoS) to authorised users
  • Identify theft
  • Data destruction
  • Data manipulation
  • Data modification
  • Data theft


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Denial of Service (DoS)

A DoS attack on a website has an impact on authorised users.  They may be unable to access the website while it is under attack or when the when the attack has finished.


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Identity theft

Identity theft is when personal details are stolen during a cyber-security attack.  The details are then used to make a copy of a person, usually for illegal activity like a passport being issued or applying for a credit card.

Identity fraud could also occur.  This is when the stolen details are used to commit fraud, such as taking a loan out in someone else's name.


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Data Destruction

A cyber attack can take place on stored data.  During the attack, the data could be ...

  • Destroyed - This is when data is deliberately destroyed so the data no longer exists.
  • Manipulated - This is when the data is deliberately modified.  This type of cybersecurity attack is normally discovered very quickly.
  • Modified - This is similar to data manipulation where the data is deliberately changed.
  • Stolen - This is where data is stolen by the cyber-criminal.


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