In the coming year, the world will see increases in mobile cyberattacks, ransomware, and "hacking for profit," as well as the decline of hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, according to McAfee Labs' 2013 Threat Predictions. Read More ..
The security firm's research report, released today, predicts that cybercriminals and hacktivists are going to refine and "evolve" techniques and tools used not only to steal from our wallets, but also to take advantage of our personal data. Along with a likely rise in cyberattacks that take advantage of the explosion in mobile technology, McAfee warns of threats based on politics and "extreme" causes.
Mobile worm infections could go on a shopping spree in 2013 -- once embedded in a smartphone or tablet after a dodgy download, they'll purchase malicious apps and do their stealing through near-field communications (NFC) technology, McAfee says. NFC and other "tap and pay" mechanisms could also make it easier for our phones to become infiltrated. McAfee suggests that "bump and infect" scenarios will become more common in order to steal money and that these kinds of malware will be most commonly found in densely populated areas including airports and malls.