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McAfee Labs Issues 2013 Security Threat Predictions

by on January 4, 2013

According to McAfee Labs, in 2013, we’ll need to be on the lookout for increases in mobile malware, ransomware kits, large-scale political hacks, and “hacking as a service.”

Some of the major rising threats for this year include:

  • Mobile threats – Mobile malware embedded in a smartphone or tablet after a drive-by download can prevent security software updates and allow the malware to purchase malicious apps through near-field communications (NFC) “bump and infect” technology.
  • Ransomware – Ransomware kits designed around mobile technology will rise, allowing people without advanced programming skills to scam money more easily.
  • Large-scale attacks – Large-scale attacks designed to destroy infrastructure (like Stuxnet or Flame) will increase in 2013. Also, targeted intellectual property theft will continue.
  • Hacking as a service – “Hacking as a service” is expected to rise, mainly due to the rise of invitation-only or fee-paid professional hacker forums.

Be sure to read the entire report to learn what we might be seeing this year:

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