New cyberattack targets in 2016

  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015

Sounding the alarm: Cybercriminals are expected to be an increasing threat to Internet users in 2016.

Schools, iPhones, connected devices and WiFi networks are all potential targets for cybercriminal attacks in 2016, according to WatchGuard Technologies, a business security solution provider.

Schools need better protection

The quantity of data collected on children and students is constantly increasing, due to open network environments in schools and universities. They are likely to become targets for cybercriminals.

Connected devices increase the threat

Potential attacks on connected devices' firmware (which enables them to operate correctly and holds personal data) is a source of concern. 2016 could see the emergence of proof-of-concept attacks on the firmware of these devices.

WiFi networks are the focus of attention

Because of the development of new "ease-of-use" features, which could undermine security, wireless networks could be increasingly exposed to attacks by cybercriminals.

Ransomware is growing

Ransomware has mainly been active on Windows up until now. In 2016, it could target other platforms, including mobile devices, for both Android and iOS. Ransomware is malicious software which can access personal data with a view to obtaining a ransom.

More iOS malware

While Android has been the main focus of malware on mobile devices up until now, the iPhone is not likely to be spared for much longer, as a number of weaknesses have appeared in the latest versions of iOS enabling malware to access the App Store.

Malvertising is increasing

Malvertising (malware + advertising) is expected to be a real threat in 2016. The number of malvertising attempts could triple in a year.  — AFP Relaxnews
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