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Security Threats to Evolve in 2013: McAfee

One of the biggest hurdles that online security vendors face is the change in the techniques and methodologies that hackers use over time. With change in technologies and the increase in usage of mobile devices, hackers have adopted new methods and techniques to take advantage of the security flaws and dangerous online habits. McAfee, the world leader in online security services provider, has released a threat prediction report for the year 2013. This is the report that highlights the threats that McAfee predicts for the year 2013. This is a very important phase of providing security services.

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Threat Prediction 2013


Importance of Threat Prediction Report

While providing online security services, it is very important for the security company to remain one step ahead of the hackers. That is the reason why these companies spend thousands of dollars on speculating each and every move of the cybercriminals. This will help them in being prepared when the attack comes. Preparation will either limit or completely negate the damage that is caused due to online hackers’ attacks.

Evolution of Hacking Techniques

The bottom line of the threat report McAfee has published outlines how hacking techniques will evolve from present day methodologies. The report says that with the advancement of technology and rapid changes in trends, hackers will also evolve their techniques. With cloud computing and other similar technologies coming to the fore, hackers cannot maximize the effect of their attacks if they use the old tried and tested methods. The report warns that hackers might use techniques that we have never yet seen till date. So, the best way of countering those attacks would be to identify the flaws in our system and try to fortify the flaws as best as we can.

Rise in Mobile Malware and Mobile based Threats

Another significant point made by the report is the rise in mobile malware. This is a fairly straightforward prediction because the rise in the number of people using mobile devices has been unprecedented in the past two years. Just look around you. People nowadays use mobile devices for all their regular activities, be it checking mail, online banking, checking social media accounts or shop without being tracked. So, hackers need to target mobile devices to ensure that their attacks are profitable. That is why we can expect a rise in mobile malware density.

Decline in Group Hacking

Some hackers operate as a group. They use group attacks to inflict as much damage on the network as possible before taking advantage of the information they glean from the hack. But this trend will definitely decline according to the report from McAfee. Group attacks are easy to trace as investigator will get multiple points from which they can trace back to the hackers. This is why hackers are slowly starting to operate alone. This will continue in 2013 and group hacking might altogether stop or will be very scarce.

Increase in Hacking Extortion

Ransomware has made a lot of appearances over the past few months. This is a type of malicious software that gathers information and sends out ransom notice to the victims. If the ransom is paid, the hacker might or might not release the personal information of the victims. The McAfee report suggests that the same principle will be used in other attack vectors also in the future. The hackers also have another advantage with this method. They can target the same victim multiple times, unlike an exposure attack where the victim cannot be re-targeted. This shows how much thinking hackers are putting into each and every aspect of their attack. That is why we must be more careful in the coming days than we ever were.

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