Cybercrime is a significant industry that is constantly growing. In his 2012 Cybercrime Report, Norton activate estimated that there are more than 556 million consumer victims worldwide worldwide. This number is greater than the population of the entire European Union. These figures do not include attacks on companies and other associations.
Security trends in 2013 By understanding how companies that devote themselves to frustrating Internet-related crimes focus their attention, customers and companies can better prepare for protection against attacks.
Cyber conflict: Cyber attacks by states and national associations are increasingly being organized. Attacks are targeted not only at well-known organizations that can provide invaluable information and even funds to attackers, but also at people and companies.
Ransomware: A special type of attack uses strength and emotions to make some victims with their money. The scam protects the computer and convinces its consumer that it is being prosecuted by a law enforcement agency, unless a fine is paid. They seem quite justified, these attacks were under the guise of the FBI.
Madware: Malicious applications can interfere with user experience and are most commonly used in the mobile arena. It can transfer personal data to poor guys, but it can also be used as a tool to promote "free" mobile applications. Strikes in social networks: Much more social networking platforms are trying to make money, the threat of malware attacks aimed at stealing personal data is increasing.
Mobile attacks: Since the use of mobile devices is increasing, cybercriminals are focusing on malware that can allow them to steal information and money through these devices. An example of the Symantec company responsible for the Norton product family is the rapid increase in cellular attacks and is expected to persist.
Cloud strikes: As more and more customers and corporations are using cloud storage to facilitate file sharing, data storage and access, cyber criminals are trying to hack into these "protected" external networks. Companies like Norton are trying to stop them.
EWallet is striking: The popularity of eWallet technology to accelerate the online payment process is increasing significantly, especially as the popularity of mobile devices is becoming more and more popular. Symantec predicts that cybercriminals will focus more attention on using eWallet technology to be able to get payment advice from sufferers.
Attacks on a small organization: Individual clients are not the only ones targeted by cyber criminals. There has been a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks on small businesses in recent years and this trend is believed to continue.
False social networks: Villains' use of fake websites on social media has increased dramatically. These pages are created to reflect trusted social networking sites to encourage clients to discuss their personal data.
Internet attacks: The use of web browsers as the door to the computer and the owner's individual data is growing. While many browsers are good at blocking attacks, none is reliable.
When cybercriminals come up with new ways of attack, consumers can take steps to protect themselves, their data and devices. Some of the best security features include:
- Keeping common sense when accessing websites and sharing personal data
- Go directly to pages instead of clicking on hyperlinks in emails
- Caring for the use of reliable, secure websites only when sharing private data
- Frequent scanning for viruses on computers and mobile devices
- Enabling firewalls and other available system security
- Keeping all installed programs up to date
- Using third-party antivirus and anti-malware protection
Useful online resources:
- MS-ISAC: Cybersecurity Emerging trends and threats for 2013 (Archival recording)
- EWeek: Black Hat 2013: five security trends that can bring the most care
- Information week: Top 7 trends in information security in 2013
- Symantec: Top 5 security forecasts for 2013 from Symantec