IF YOU THOUGHT 2016 WAS BAD, you want to wait to hear what 2017 has in store for you. According to the security frim BitDefender, next year is the year that "the Internet of Things (IoT) will be slowly replaced with the Internet of Threats"
We have already seen signs of this. Very clear signs in fact, when a collection of connected devices with less than divine passwords were abused and forced into a botnet called Mirai that caused a lot of internets a lot of problems. That was bad, but it is the tip of one of those iceberg things.
"The major emerging threat for 2017 is the botnet made up of not-so-smart things" warned Catalin Cosoi Chief Security Strategist at cyber security company Bitdefender.
"We have even observed a simplification of attacks targeted at corporations' networks - where in past years you would see highly complex Advanced Persistent Threats targeting them, we are now witnessing a reversal to cruder tactics, such as simple worms which try dictionary attacks to gain access to intranets.
"This reflects both the lack of security prevalent in such networks, and the fact that ever lower-level criminals get involved in the lucrative business of separating corporations from their data."
It is not only crap passwords that get the finger pointed at them, also in trouble at Bitdefender are people who choose to run sophisticated automated home systems on Windows XP, of which it is sure there are some.
People who are too busy or too lazy to address the software settings on their smart televisions and stuff might as well not have bothered. 42 percent admitted that they had skipped this because of a lack of time. Just a bit less admitted that they lacked the necessary know how to make the changes themselves.
While we should get ready to keep writing about the IoT a lot, we still need to keep out eyes and ears open to ransomware attacks, which is something that Bitdefender does not see going away anytime soon.
"Building on the massive financial milestones in 2016, ransomware operations will likely dedicate more resources to improving automated targeting in 2017. This feature will help them discriminate between home users and corporations, and trying to extort higher fees from the latter," added the firm.
2016 was arguably the year of ransomware, and this threat will continue to proliferate in the year to come, sparing no operating system or platform. Data extracted from our telemetry, as well as intelligence collected from exposed command and control servers and compromised botnets, suggests that ransomware operation is a crime which still pays - and very well indeed." µ
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