Ransomware, cyberwar, DDoS attacks.

 

Less than a month after the end of the year it is time to take stock and predict what the one about to open will hold.

The cybersecurity firm Panda has published an extensive report in which it reviews the most important cyber threats of 2016 and predicts those that will arrive in the next exercise. In many cases the currents are expected to be maintained and intensified.

This is the case of ransomware , which has been one of the protagonists of 2016 and will continue to be in the next year. Experts believe that this typology is gaining positions against other attacks that seek to steal information . In any case the end is the same: make money.

With the same goal in mind, cyber attacks on companies will intensify . Massive ransomware attacks are expected that will call for bailouts of large sums of money.

Since IoT is one of the great trends that are already discussed in ICT corridors, experts expect that objects connected to the network are vulnerable to being attacked and used as a means of access to corporate networks. The weaknesses of some connected devices , they say from Panda, are the lack of security updates and weak passwords.

The massive connection of devices to the network also facilitates other types of attacks: DDoS attacks. The most popular has been recent; an army of bots managed to throw half the internet down. This gave companies and end users thinking. In addition, on the black market, DDoS attack delivery services are sold at a good price.

In 2017, Android devices will continue to be one of the preferred targets of cybercriminals . No wonder: Android drinks more than 80% of the global smartphone market and attackers seek to maximize the dispersion and profitability of their misdeeds.

Panda Labs does not overlook the value of digitized information for governments. Therefore, he anticipates that in 2017 diplomatic wars will move to the network.