Let’s talk about bots, but not the friendly and helpful ones, such as ChatGPT, that we all love to interact with. We’re talking about the malicious ones – the bot malware that’s causing quite a stir in the cybersecurity world.
These bots are automated programs that can steal your user profiles in one fell swoop. Yes, you read that right – your entire profile, including your ID and settings, can be snatched up by these sneaky bots. This puts your security measures, like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), at risk.
You might be thinking, “But wait, if a criminal only has my username and password, they still can’t access my account because I have MFA, right?” Unfortunately, with your entire profile at their disposal, they can easily bypass MFA and access your account using your cookies and device configurations. Yikes!
To make matters worse, these stolen profiles are sold on the dark web for as little as £5. It’s like a yard sale, but for your personal information. It’s not just sophisticated cybercriminals who are using this technique, either. Anyone can get their hands on your details and use them for phishing emails, scams, and other criminal activities.
It’s a scary thought, but don’t panic! There are things you can do right now to protect your profiles and keep your business safe. First and foremost, make sure to update your antivirus software and keep it on at all times. Also, consider using a password manager and MFA to keep your login credentials safer. And last but not least, encrypt all your files so that if anyone does access your profile, there’s very little for them to steal.
At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. So if you need help protecting your business from bot malware, just give us a shout. We’re here to help!