Top 8 Cybersecurity Threat Predictions for 2020
Cyber Threats Are Expected to Be More Sophisticated and Collaborative
No one is aware of how big these threats will be and how many attacks we will see in 2020. Nor does anyone has a crystal ball, which will give an accurate prediction, especially about the future of the developing technologies.
As per the knowledge and observations of cybersecurity experts, APT attacks are expected to rise.
1. Advancement in False Flag Attacks
Based on these examples, it can be said that these types of attacks will develop further. Because threat actors are not only trying to avoid attention made by their attack but they also try to blame it on someone else.
Furthermore, we should understand these actors make good use of commodity malware, publicly available tools, administrator software, or scripts for their attacks, making it more difficult to catch them. Mixing few false flags in these will be more than enough to blame it on someone else.
2. A rise in Targeted Ransomware
Throughout 2019, it has been noticed that attackers used targeted ransomware and it’s likely that in the future, it will become more sophisticated and aggressive in their methods to extort money from the victims. However, a certain change will be seen in the targeted ransomware attack. Attackers will likely threaten to publish data stolen from the victim organization publicly.
Additionally, it’s quite inevitable that the cybercriminals will try to make their attacks on other types of devices except for servers and PCs. For example, ransomware attacks in consumer products like smartwatches, smartphones, smart TVs, smart cars, or smart houses.
3. Advanced Payments & Online Banking Attack Vectors
4. Increase in Infrastructure Attacks
5. Increased Cyber-Risk in Specific Regions
6. Advancement in Methods of Sophisticated Attack
Additional examples include the implementation of new methods for Microsoft Word and other software where it’s targeted in spear-phishing campaigns, which can give ease in the delivery of malware, especially to the new attackers. Also, attacks like Quantum insert is already being used and it will be used widely, as well.
Also, attackers will withdraw data using Wi-Fi/4G or signaling data. Attacks will become more frequent with DoH (DNS over HTTPS) to hide the activities of the attackers.
7. Increase in Mobile Attacks
8. Increase in Abusing Personal Information
Also, deepfakes will be widespread, as it provides enough resources and technology to attackers, which makes these attacks more sophisticated and harder to detect. For example, a deepfake audio used by cybercriminals to perform AI cyber-attacks by posing as a legit executive to convince employees to approve the transfer of money.
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