Attack Vectors | CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 | 1.5b

In this video you will learn about attack vectors such as: direct access, wireless, email, supply chain, social media, removable media, and cloud attack vectors.

Attack Vectors

An attack vector is a pathway or method used by a hacker to illegally access a network or computer in an attempt to exploit system vulnerabilities.  Hackers use numerous attack vectors to launch attacks that take advantage of system weaknesses, cause a data breach, or steal login credentials.  Such methods include sharing malware and viruses, malicious email attachments and web links, pop-up windows, and instant messages that involve the attacker duping an employee or individual user.[1]  There are 7 types of attack vectors that you need to be concerned with in regards to the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 certification exam:[2]

  • Direct Access:  direct access or physical access to a device.
  • Wireless:  includes hijacking wireless connections, rogue wireless devices, evil twins, & other attack vectors that was learned in objectives 1.4.
  • Email:  include phishing & spear phishing emails with malicious attachments or malicious links.
  • Supply Chain:  tampering with hardware and/or software of supply chain vendors.  The tampering might occur in-house or earlier, while in transit through the manufacturing supply chain.
  • Social Media:  includes leveraging social media platforms for reconnaissance or to launch social engineering attacks.
  • Removable Media:  includes leaving USB drives unattended or placing them in strategic locations where unsuspecting users think the devices are lost & insert them into their systems to figure out who to return the devices to.  This often leads to malware being introduced into the computer or network.
  • Cloud:  includes misconfigured and insecure cloud deployments in addition to unpatched applications, operating systems, & storage buckets.


  1. What is an Attack Vector? Fortinet.
  2. Santos, O.; Taylor, R.; Mlodziannowski, J. CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Cert Guide.