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Cyber threats forecast for 2013

2013 will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, escalating battles over the control of online information and continuous threats to the US supply chain from global sources. Those were the findings made by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)in the Georgia Tech Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2013. The report was released at the annual Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit, a gathering of industry and academic leaders who have distinguished themselves in the field of cyber security.

According to GTISC, GTRI and the experts cited in the report, specific threats to follow over the coming year include, among others:

Cloud-based Botnets: The ability to create vast, virtual computing resources will further convince cyber criminals to look for ways to co-opt cloud-based infrastructure for their own ends. One possible example is for attackers to use stolen credit card information to purchase cloud computing resources and create dangerous clusters of temporary virtual attack systems.

Search History Poisoning: Cyber criminals will continue to manipulate search engine algorithms and other automated mechanisms that control what information is presented to Internet users. Moving beyond typical search-engine poisoning, researchers believe that manipulating users' search histories may be a next step in ways that attackers use legitimate resources for illegitimate gains.

Mobile Browser and Mobile Wallet Vulnerabilities: While only a very small number of US mobile devices show signs of infection, the explosive proliferation of smartphones will continue to tempt attackers in exploiting user and technology-based vulnerabilities, particularly with the browser function and digital wallet apps.

Malware Counteroffensive: The developers of malicious software will employ various methods to hinder malware detection, such as hardening their software with techniques similar to those employed in digital rights management, and exploiting the wealth of new interfaces and novel features on mobile devices.

The report can be downloaded by visiting http://www.gtsecuritysummit.com/report.html

•Date: 15th Nov 2012 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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