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What Is Account Hijacking?
Welcome to another installment of our “DEFINITIONS” series, where we shed light on various cybersecurity terms. Today, we delve into the world of account hijacking, a deceptive technique employed by hackers to gain unauthorized access to user accounts. So, what exactly is account hijacking, and how can you protect yourself from falling victim to it? Let’s find out!
- Account hijacking refers to unauthorized access and control over an individual’s account, typically through hacking or phishing tactics.
- Common methods used by hackers to hijack accounts include brute force attacks, password cracking, phishing emails, and social engineering.
Account hijacking, also known as account takeover, occurs when an attacker gains illicit control over a user’s online accounts. In simpler words, it’s like an identity theft for your digital presence. The motive behind account hijacking can vary, from obtaining personal information and financial details to using the compromised account for malicious activities.