When it comes to hacking, attackers leave no chance to make their malicious attempts successful, no matter how much they have to try. Vulnerabilities in software programs is a popular tactic amongst hackers to malicious attempts. Zero-day attack, which is also an undisclosed computer software vulnerability is used by attackers to harm computer programs, data, networks, etc.
The reason behind its name is that this type of attack is not announced publicly before the attempt is made. So the author of the software program has no chance or time to suggest workarounds or make patches for safety.
Even big software Brands like Adobe have been a victim of zero-day attacks. In the year 2015, Adobe Flash Player was hit by a series of attacks that led users to malware websites when clicked on advertisements.
Malicious code writers make use of several attack vectors to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities in software programs. Two major attack vectors are mentioned as below:
When an online user visits a fake website that has been developed by the attacker, the malicious content on the website exploits vulnerabilities in the web browser.
Attackers send emails with attachments containing malware that exploits the vulnerabilities in the application used to open the attachment.
Though it is difficult to provide protection against zero-day attacks, practicing secure computing habits can prove to be a lot helpful to defend against such threats:
Taking these measures to enhance your email security and internet security will certainly benefit you!