A cyber attack is an external attempt to get unauthorized access to and perform destructive actions on a victim’s computer system or network. It usually starts with hacking wherein an attacker compromises the security of a system then gains control of it.

Hackers then use compromised computers and devices for various malicious schemes. They can alter, expose, or disable these systems, depending on their motives. They can also turn them into bots or use them as entry points to steal confidential data. Some are even turned into parts of their criminal network to throw law enforcement agents off their scent.

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