Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ESET’s Threat Predictions for 2014

ESET predicts the three new trends for 2014: battle on internet privacy, new assaults on Androids, and a new wave of malware in the hi-tech industry.


The concern for privacy on mobile devices has sky rocketed.

After the reaction from Edward Snowden’s leaks, the US National Security Agency (NSA) reveals that Internet users are fearful about their privacy and security in the digital age.

ESET experts are ensuring data is locked down (using encryption) which is the first step towards substantial security.

“The challenge to internet privacy has not meant a decrease in cases of people affected by any malicious code or other kind of computer threat,” the researchers write. “Concern about privacy is a good starting point, but it is essential for people to be aware of all aspects of Information Security. Otherwise, it is not possible to mitigate the impact of computer threats.”

ESET predicts an increase in serious threats targeting Android phones and tablets.  Detections show malware increased more than 60% between 2012 and 2013.  The increase is predicted to continue thru 2014.

The Latin American Research Laboratory for ESET in Buenos Aires points out that malware infested Androids use native PC attack methods to discover vulnerabilities.  Then they are exploited through malicious code.

Filecoders like ransomware Cryptolocker is the year’s most well-known attacks.  Cryptolocker is still spreading worldwide and is expected to continue in 2014.  Bitcoin and other e-currencies are targets for cybercriminals, along with threats against smart cars, game consoles, and smart TVs.

Here is the full Trends 2014 Report: The Challenge of Internet Privacy.

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