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A remote attack is a malicious action that targets one or a network of computers. The remote attack does not affect the computer the attacker is using. Instead, the attacker will find vulnerable points in a computer or network's security software to access the machine or system. The main reasons for remote attacks are to view or steal data illegally, introduce viruses or other malicious software to another computer or network or system, and cause damage to the targeted computer or network.
A remote attack is also known as a remote exploit.
Remote attacks are further classified into the following groups based on the tools and methods the attacker uses to compromise the targeted system.