A Terminology Glossary of Types of Internet Threats

– BRUTE FORCE ATTACK: A hacking method to find password or encryption keys by trying every possible combination of characters until the correct one is found.


– CATFISH: Someone who creates a fake online profile to intentionally deceive you. Also, used as a verb, an in “to catfish” someone or to engage in “cat fishing”.


-DRIVE-BY DOWNLOAD: The downloading of a virus or malware onto your device merely through visiting (not clicking on) a compromised website.

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