Major online threats of 2012 'will persist'

2012-12-13 07:01
Kaspersky Lab does analysis of malware threats at its offices in Moscow. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Kaspersky Lab does analysis of malware threats at its offices in Moscow. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The year 2012 saw an increase in cyber threats and security company Kaspersky Lab says that similar themes will continue in 2013.

In particular state cyber terror was exposed this year with the targeted attacks on Iran and technical workers' computers.

Important cyber security stories of 2012:

•    Sophisticated malware targeting Mac OS X
•    Explosive growth of Android threats
•    Flame and Gauss as the sign of continued state-sponsored cyber warfare operations
•    Notable password leaks from popular web services, such as LinkedIn and Dropbox
•    Theft of Adobe certificates
•    New 0-day vulnerabilities in Java and other popular software
•    Attacks on network devices (namely DSL routers)
•    DNSChanger shutdown
•    Destructive Shamoon and Wiper malwares
•    Madi cyber-espionage campaign

For 2013, Kaspersky says that groups like Anonymous that threatened Mastercard, the Pentagon and Facebook will grow in stature.

"Internet cloud"-based services are also likely to face tests of their security as an increasing number of companies locate their data online.

Worryingly, Kaspersky says that privacy will continue to be eroded in the digital age.

"Government-backed surveillance tools in the cyber environment will most likely continue to evolve, as law-enforcement agencies try to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. At the same time, controversial issues about civil liberties and consumer privacy associated with the tools will also continue to be raised," the company said.

Predictions for 2013:
•    Continued rise of targeted attacks
•    Ongoing march of “hacktivism”
•    More nation-state sponsored cyber-attacks
•    Government-backed use of “legal” surveillance tools in cyberspace
•    Attacks on cloud-based infrastructure
•    Deterioration of digital privacy
•    Continued problems with online trust and digital authorities
•    Continued rise of Mac OS X malware and mobile malware
•    Vulnerabilities and exploits continue to be key attack methods for cybercriminals
•    Wide deployment of Ransomware and cryptoextortion malware
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