5 Security Threats Looming Over Us in 2017
If 2016 was an indicator, 2017 is proving to be the forbearer of severe security threats looming over the common people, businesses, and government organizations. A data breach at the E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA), Intercontinental Hotels Group, Arby, River City Media, VeriFone, Dun & Bradstreet, UNC Health Care, Chipotle, and Gmail has already taken place. What will the rest of the 2017 hold for us? This article talks about five potential security threats that can victimise us.
A billion-dollar business model, cybercriminals are actively using the ransomware method to target unsuspecting individuals and institutions. They use the method to extort money by gaining control over the computer systems and demanding a ransom to release the control of the computer system/s to the owner. The ransomware method has evolved over the decade. The cybercriminals are investing to develop sophisticated software. Earlier this year, the Popcorn Time ransomware gave victims an option to paying money. The option was to help them infect two other devices with ransomware. Large financial institutions and banks are highly susceptible. There are rumors of IoT ransomware coming in 2017.
#2 DDoS Attacks
IoT embedded devices are the next frontier for DDoS attacks. Last year, heavy malware infections were happening on inconspicuous devices. Since the IoT devices are penetrating the consumer market strongly, device security is a grave concern. With DDoS attacks, it will be easier to target consumer device and infect them with malware. An example of DDoS attacks would be the Mirai case in 2016 where ISP’s were targeted, leading to massive disruption in Internet connectivity and causing individual websites to go offline. In November 2016, DDoS attacks were used in Finland to disrupt the central heating system of some residential buildings.
#3 Russian Hacking Menace
It caused an uproar when the Department of Homeland Security (USA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (USA) confirmed the role of Kremlin hackers in the American election. Ever since the White House is trying to keep Russia in check. The presence of Russian hackers is growing, and it needs to be kerbed. The Russian digital intruders are trying new techniques to attack targets and create a global menace.
#4 Weaponized Drones
Drones are a fantastic technological equipment. eCommerce giants like Amazon are interested to use drones for goods delivery. In the present time, the US has massive flying robots, and if they land in the hands of enemies, the drones can be weaponized and used against the people. In October 2016, there was a report in the New York Times which mentioned how the US-allied Kurdish soldiers were killed by explosive-rigged small drones. These drones are powerful, cheaper, and smaller in size. They can be easily applied in guerrilla warfare terrorism. The drones are controlled by remotes; in retrospect, the US government is already in the talks to buy drone-jamming hardware for security and protection.
#5 Mobile Data Encryption
Smartphones are the storehouse of personal data. While mobile companies guarantee security against data leak, the war between encryption and law enforcement can change things. Earlier in 2016, the FBI requested Apple to develop software to crack iPhone devices for law enforcement. Even though Apple refused, who can guarantee that soon, the terms of using smartphones might change, giving law enforcement officials access to private citizen data without permission?
With adequate prevention and security protocols, the security threats can be mitigated to a large extent. You can always contact your Local Data Recovery Solutions Experts for topics concerning about security threats and data forensics.