|Feb 03, 2014||nProtect Research Lab Predicts Cyber Security Threats in 2014|
San Jose, California—nProtect, Inc., a global leader in Internet security announces the nProtect Research Lab predictions for cyber security threats in 2014.
Growing attacks by” Drive-by downloads”: Attackers insert exploit codes by hacking the server of major software providers with automated attack tools using various vulnerabilities; so called ‘Drive-by downloads’ . They often exploit popular software such as Microsoft OS and its application, Flash Player and PDF from Adobe, and JAVA from Oracle in order to attack more genuine users. In 2014, it seems that more various and sophisticated attacking skills will be developed for ‘Drive-by downloads’ as well as Zero-Day attacks. Therefore, users should update security patches on a regular basis in order to protect themselves from the latest threats.
New types on mobile cybercrimes: The number of cybercrimes are continuously increasing during online and mobile payments transactions by attacking Android mobile users with malware spread by Smishing(SMS phishing). Mobile banking fraud, extortion of personal information and hacking aimed at popular gaming apps and mobile messengers, Phishing scams, and intimidating crimes over invasion of privacy will develop into new types of cyber threats resulting in more cybercrimes. Therefore, android mobile users should be cautious when opening URL addresses contained in text messages.
Full-scale cyber terror with smartphones infected by zombie virus: Threats targeting smartphones have caused numerous fraud incidents resulting in financial losses. Smartphones have been exploited by cyber criminals with malicious Android apps to steal text messages and address books, location tracking, remote control, and device destruction. As a result, a number of threatening scenarios can be predicted as follows; concurrently frozen android smartphones, unexpected side effects of the mobile carrier’s base station due to heavy traffic, the emergence of wireless DDos attacks and delivery of a large quantity of text messages with android smart phones causing unexpected billing and traffic offenses.
The growth and complexity of the anomalous adware: Abnormal online marketing activities which distribute malicious adware pretending to be official programs via portal websites and blogs will increase. Users should download programs from official websites and/or trusted providers to protect themselves from malicious adware. Cyber criminals often attack and modify the server of adware in order to insert malware within the adware to steal information.
Founded in January 2000, nProtect, also known as INCA Internet, is headquartered in San Jose, California and provides online and mobile banking/payment security to financial institutions. Over 100 million endpoint users from more than 1,000 organizations rely on nProtect’s online security solutions to secure users against malware, phishing, keyloggers, and other web fraud and online threats while meeting compliance requirements such as FFIEC including Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, ING, and HSBC.