Companies, cryptocurrencies and the Internet of Things are increasingly in the sights of cyber criminals
security. WannaCry and NotPetya also demonstrated that criminals have refined their methods and that companies are being specifical-ly targeted. For 2018, G DATA security experts are not able to give the all-clear. They expect a further increase in the threat level next year. In times of low interest rates, more and more people are turn-ing to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Cyber criminals have estab-lished lucrative illegal business models. Some have started using disguised miners as well as other attack methods to get hold of cryptocurrencies.
G DATA security experts expect to see almost 10 million new malware strains for Windows and some 3.5 million for Android in 2017 as a whole. The statistics show that the threat level is steadily on the rise. Many everyday activities such as banking or shopping are done online. The processes behind those activities are getting easier by the day as a result of voice-activated personal assistants and improved usability. This increases the attack surface for criminals.
“Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are currently chasing one record after the next. More and more people are taking an interest in digital currencies. Criminals are taking advantage of this trend and are increasingly focusing on Internet users in this field,” explains Tim Berghoff, G DATA Security Evangelist. “In addition, we expect to see more attacks on platforms that were not previously targeted on a very large scale, as many of the trends involving the Internet of Things, such as personal digital assistants and smart appliances, have become routine.”