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The Future of Cyberthreats

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2016 is fast approaching.  Over the last few years, we've seen huge leaps in cybercrime, and it doesn't appear to be slowing.  What does the future hold for hackers and cybercriminals?

A group of security experts from Intel have made predictions about cyberwarfare on a number of fronts.  Attacks on hardware, firmware and cloud services are expected to not only continue, but to increase.

Ransomware is on the rise and will probably continue to grow as well, especially since you can now buy ransomware kits, making it easy for low level hackers to deploy and profit from it.

A new attack, called an integrity attack, will change transactions or data for the benefit of the cyberthief.  For example, a paycheck's direct deposit could be rerouted so that the money goes to a criminal's back account.

New technologies like wearables and wifi-enabled automobiles are likely to become more of a focus for hackers.  Wearables can be used to gain entry to phones, tablets and computers while automobiles can be taken over and held for ransom.

Stolen data will be linked together, giving a fuller picture of the victim and becoming more valuable on the black market.

As companies are starting to take cyberthreats more seriously and take more precautions against it, look for hackers to start trying to gain entry through less secured routes, such as an employee's less-secure home network.

On the flip side, the experts believe security companies and enterprises will share information more, leading to better protection against and faster responses to cyberthreats.

That said, hackers are expected to get even better at avoiding detection even while forming groups or maybe even corporate entities.   And as new technology emerges, they will find new ways to access those devices for their own gain.  At the same time, security firms will get better with preventative measures as will detection techniques.  Privacy policies will change and governments will likely adopt new policies as well.

It's all a game, where one side gets the upper hand for a while then the other finds a way around it.  That's how it's been and that's how it will probably always be.