What Is Lateral Movement?
2. Credential Dumping
3. Privilege Escalation
4. Gaining Access
Cyberattacks that Leverage Lateral Movement
Ransomware: Ransomware is malware that encrypts files on infiltrated devices, restricting user access to a system or its resources until a ransom is paid. As ransomware programs can move laterally, threat actors lock down entire networks and demand payment from organizations or users.
Botnet Infection: A botnet is a network of malware-infected devices commanded and controlled by a single operator. Botnet infections hijack entire networks and move across systems to carry out various attacks and malware invasions.
Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks : MitM attacks manipulate network traffic between users and applications, enabling threat actors to eavesdrop on and capture sensitive information. These attacks can be used to move laterally within a network by intercepting communication and spreading throughout a system.
Polymorphic Malware: This evolving malware can change its code structure and characteristics to evade detection within a system. Its mutating abilities allow it to generate variations of itself to move laterally without being identified, propagating across a network.