Exploit Kit

Exploit kits are toolkits cybercriminals use to identify and exploit gaps in the victim’s software or device’s OS. They are often sold on websites that host malicious software designed to infiltrate and damage unsuspecting victims. Such kits may include keyloggers, trojans, and ransomware.

Examples of exploit kits

  • Angler: This very advanced exploit kit is famous for how quickly it is able to adopt any recent vulnerabilities in the system and its capacity to avoid detection.
  • RIG: This is a commonly utilised exploit kit in targeting any vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Java, and Adobe Flash Player. It is commonly used to disseminate banking or Trojans ransomware.
  • Sundown: While this is a much less equipped exploit kit in comparison to RIG and Angler, it can still exploit security loopholes in browsers and extensions to onload malware.

How to stay protected from exploit kits

  • Regularly update your device’s OS and software with the newest security updates.
  • Toggle off or uninstall any dormant browser extensions and add-ons.
  • Install a trustworthy antivirus software and toggle on its real-time protection.
  • Use a reputable VPN with a threat protection feature to keep out malicious sites popular for harboring and selling exploit kits.
  • Exercise caution when opening attachments and links in emails, mainly from unrecognizable sources.
  • Frequently back up your important files to reduce the risk of substantial loss in the event of a cyberattack.