A look into the future can be worthwhile. Especially with regards to cybercrime, it is advantageous if companies already know at least approximately what they can expect in the year to come. Because so far each year was characterized individually by different scenarios of threats. For example, the year 2016 was still considered the golden age of phishing, as can be seen from an article by heise online. 2017 brought us a change in trend and was particularly strongly influenced by ransomware attacks such as WannaCry, Bad Rabbit and NotPetya. So what can or should we expect for 2018? Let’s take a glimpse.
Given the persistently high price of cryptocurrencies, it is also likely that there will be new types of ransomware in 2018 that specialize in blackmailing Bitcoin and others. New targets could be smart devices such as televisions or mobile phones with Android system software, as these are particularly easy to hijack for hackers.
Macros and exploits still cause troubleThe attacks with harmful scripts that cybercriminals particularly like to hide in Office files, will probably continue to accompany us in 2018. They tend to communicate consistently with compromised websites from different devices. For example, the attackers use PowerShell to perform command-and-control activities to achieve the desired effect that way. In particular, our security lab gives warning of attacks that use exploits. Unlike macros, these require less or even no user interaction to infect the system. This method often exploits vulnerabilities in popular software shortly after they are released. If the victims’ systems have not been updated yet, then the hackers will have an easy job.
The “Internet of Things” is much loved – also among cybercriminalsThe “Internet of Things” has by now been on everyone’s lips. The interconnection of objects is not only popular among technophiliacs. Increasingly, cybercriminals also take their pleasure in it. This is simply due to the fact that many of the wireless connected devices are not quite up to date in terms of safety.
The “Mirai botnet” has already shown us impressively, how vulnerable unsafe configured IoT devices can be. It seized millions of Internet-related everyday devices such as routers, observation cameras and even toasters. This was followed by a large-scale of DDoS attacks, which even occasionally led to disruptions at Amazon, Netflix or Twitter, therefore even striking very popular Internet services. Even branches such as the medical sector are taking more and more use of the Internet of Things. Because it is convenient to connect medical devices to the Internet, for example to digitize medical records. However, the resulting dangers should not be underestimated.