OVER THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS the escalation of advanced technologies like Google Glass and IPV6 will pave the way for a wave of cyber attacks more destructive than any we've seen before.
This freshly delivered fear mongering is courtesy of security firm Trend Micro, EU law enforcement agency Europol and the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), which are laying it on thicker than ever, this time in a nine-part online movie.
The series of videos attempts to envisage the future of technology and its opportunities for abuse by cyber criminals and hackers. It is based on the ICSPA Future of Cyber Crime white paper, which looked at threats related to the future of cybercrime in an age where personal data has increasing value and "the interconnectivity of things" is ubiquitous.
The document illustrated these threats with short narratives written from the perspectives of a consumer, a business, a communications service provider and a fictional government in the year 2020, based on the implications of cyber threats when our data is perhaps used to influence personal advertising presented to us everywhere in the form of augmented reality. The film series builds on these narratives, and from the trailer seems to be a somewhat exaggerated adaptation of the above.
Speaking at a pre-screening of the online movie, Trend Micro VP of security research Rik Ferguson supported the film's dominant message, saying that it is not scare tactics but is based on technology that is already available and looks at what could be possible in seven years. It is aimed to help educate internet users to the new dangers facing them.
"The inevitable miniaturisation of technology, where Google Glass becomes Google Contact Lens and wearable tech means technology will eventually be embedded in everything we do and have - from your running shoes to your car, to any mobile devices that you carry around," he said.
Ferguson noted that for the more technically advanced younger generation we're even beginning to talk about implants, so it won't even be stuff you wear it'll be stuff that's with you all the time.
"Everything will be connected, everything will be running an operating system and everything will be directly addressable. Think about IPV6. Consider the fact you can fit the entirety of the IPV4 internet into one allocation block of IPV6 and it should give you an idea of the scale of things, everything is going to be rootable."
As a result, Ferguson said that it will be easier than ever for cyber criminals to cause devastating impacts on peoples' lives and create new ways to realise financial gains.
ICSPA CEO John Lyons was also at the event, adding that the interconnectedness of society could also leave users open to more dangerous attacks.
"At the moment cyber crime's damage is fairly ephemeral, you lose money from your bank account, the bank gives it back to you and nobody cares. We're going to see a development where some of these elements could actually cause real harm to citizens," he said.
The Project 2020 movie will begin broadcasting on 1 October via Youtube.
Trend Micro, Europol and the ICSPA hope that it will "help to engage an even wider audience beyond the confines of the information security sphere" and educate the mainstream about the looming implications cybercrime can have in the coming years. µ
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