Trend Micro’s 2014 predictions: More mobile threats on the way

Comments Off December 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Trend Micro Inc. recently released its 5th annual security predictions report, Blurring Boundaries: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2014 and Beyond. According to Trend Micro’s chief technology expert and his team, one major data breach will occur every month next year and advanced mobile banking and targeted attacks will accelerate.

“We see the sophistication of threats expanding at a rapid pace, which will impact individuals, businesses and governments alike,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “From mobile banking vulnerabilities and targeted attacks, to growing privacy concerns and the potential of a major breach each month, 2014 promises to be a prolific year for cybercrime.”

Prominent predications for 2014 include:

* Malicious and high-risk Android apps will reach 3 million before the end of the year

* Banking via mobile devices will be compromised by an uptick of Man-in-the-Middle attacks, making two-step verification inadequate

* Cybercriminals will increasingly use targeted-attack-type methodologies like open source research and highly customized spear phishing

* Mobile devices will be increasingly targeted through advanced threats including clickjacking and watering hole attacks

* Lack of support for popular software such as Java 6 and Windows XP will expose millions of PCs to attack

* Public trust, compromised by revelations of state-sponsored monitoring, will result in a variety of efforts to restore privacy

* The Deep Web will continue to vex law enforcement’s ability to address widespread cybercrime

The report also focuses on the rise of what many technology experts are calling the Internet of Everything or IoE, currently thought of as a personal technology game changer.

“With augmented reality delivered through wearable technology including watches and eyewear, the possibility of large-scale cybercrime from identity theft is a very real possibility as the technology continues to proliferate,” it said.

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