CyberLite Issue 18 Explainer

Explainers May 18, 2021

Everything you need to know to understand CyberLite Issue 16. Read the issue here.

Zero-Day: Vulnerabilities that are unknown to the parties responsible for patching or fixing them.

Ransomware: Ransomware blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. It does this by encrypting all of the victim’s files. It’s increasingly common for criminals to now threaten to leak the files they’ve encrypted online to further encourage victims to pay the ransom.

CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) Score: This score gives an indication of how severe a vulnerability is. The score takes into account lots of different metrics such as the complexity, impact, and whether or not a fix is available. A full list of the metrics used can be found here.

Phishing: Phishing is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites.

Cryptocurrency: This is a far too complicated topic to summarise into a quick definition; if I did it wouldn’t do it justice. So here’s a great youtube video from SciShow.

Oliver Kitchin

Cybersecurity consultant. Passionate about people, technology and the great outdoors. He/Him.

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