Today it’s a fresh Trojan that is doing the rounds; tomorrow a stubborn virulent strain of phishing malware is unleashed; by the middle of the week, a Fortune500 hack has been reported, and come weekend, so has been a huge ecommerce platform.
When it comes to cybercrime, we are at a point where attacks seem almost scheduled. They are constant, unrelenting, and afford us little time to process before we are faced with a fresh challenge. It has become so commonplace over the past three or so years that – just as anything routine – we’ve started developing indifference toward the whole drama.
In truth, however, this is no way to treat cybercrime. We live in a world where hackers not only possess an ever bulging arsenal of malicious strains, but also a tremendous degree of power. We have reached that point of a Hollywood picture that depicts nation-state attacks conducted virtually and the lines between virtual and reality are becoming increasingly blurred.
Here, we highlight the major cyber threats that have been happening and those you should anticipate for the rest of the year.
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When it comes to this kind of attack, cyber criminals are targeting data that is very valuable to you and data that you would be willing to pay for its recovery. This is particularly hitting work files, but this is not to say it couldn’t happen to any other computer file or system.
The biggest motive behind most ransomware is that they are easy to reap through. When the victim’s data or system is held ‘hostage’, the business (or individual) must part with a fixed sum which but serves to give an instant financial incentive for hackers.
At the moment, you should particularly be wary of one called CRYPAURA. This ransomware has the capacity to encrypt over a hundred file types, locking you out. And you have little option other than to pay.
Adware is bad, but mobile adware is worse. The mobile world is proving to be one of the most promising hunting grounds for hackers these days. Android, in particular, is experiencing its fair share if a 2014 annual security report by Cisco is anything to go by. It says that a staggering 99 percent of all mobile malware in 2013 was directed at the Android platform. Since, Google has moved to address a number of security challenges, but still…
The reason why mobile malware is increasingly becoming such a threat to the point it is eclipsing its desktop counterpart is obvious to you: there lacks as many and robust defenses as there exists for computers. Additionally, you’re likely to try out new mobile apps than you are PC ones. Things are unlikely to change much for the rest of the year.
Critical Infrastructure Attacks
The idea that critical infrastructure is susceptible to virtual attacks is scary by itself. And as mentioned at the start of this post, this isn’t the stuff of future or Hollywood: it is happening now. In fact, an [in]famous one was carried out by North Korea the other day, as reported by the WSJ.
This attack encompassed a series of intrusions and was aimed at removing data from the network and this very critical data involved highly classified items such as plant blueprints. There was no physical damage suffered in this case, but that is bound to happen at some point. This is why it is becoming increasingly vital for individuals and businesses to have in place a cyber strategy, and for governments to begin building security plans for critical infrastructure.
2015 is clearly shaping up to be remarkable in terms of ingenuity, volume and sophistication of attacks. And we surely haven’t seen the last of it.