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Cyber criminals focus on lucrative malware for 2013

BitDefender UK : 07 January, 2013  (Technical Article)
BitDefender predicts the 2013 cyber threat landscape with more focus on lucrative strains of banking trojans and other related malware

Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at antivirus solutions provider Bitdefender comments on the top cybersecurity threats for 2013:

“2013 will bring significant changes in cyber-criminal operations that already started to emerge throughout 2012. For consumers, the biggest security threats will be Banker Trojans and ransomware, two of the most lucrative strains of malware. Following the decrease of rogue antivirus operations, cyber-criminals have shifted their focus to making easy money by either hijacking banking transactions or by denying the user access to their own machines and data until ransom is paid.

“Companies in 2013 will deal with severe, multi-vector denial of service attacks, especially against their cloud-based infrastructures. Virtualised environments will also be a major focus in 2013; we expect to see an increase of attacks against the virtualisation platform itself in an attempt to seize control of the hypervisor and, implicitly, against all services running on the physical server. As more companies outsource core storage to the cloud, attackers will attempt to get access to company documents and intellectual property directly from the cloud.

“Last, but not least, companies will suffer severely from the lack of policy enforcement in their ‘Bring your own device’ initiatives. Loss of employee-owned devices holding mission-critical data will account for a significant percentage of incidents involving data loss in 2013.”

Catalin Cosoi’s work sets the agenda for the development of new security threat countermeasures. Over the last 7 years, Catalin has acquired a thorough understanding of key areas of technology and is able to offer expert comment on security topics relating to outbreak detection, proactive phishing detection, mobile threats and cloud computing

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