January 8, 2014
The constantly evolving world of cybercrime rapidly brings new security threats and challenges to consumers, financial institutions, and business leaders. The McAfee Labs team continuously tracks current IT security threats, and at the start of a new year forecasts the threat landscape for the year ahead.
In 2014, McAfee Labs expects to see the rapidly growing mobile platform draw the lion’s share of threat innovation. Ransomware is expected to proliferate on mobile devices, as virtual currencies such as Bitcoin fuel the growth of ransomware across all platforms. Attacks using advanced evasion techniques will come of age, with enhanced capabilities to identify and bypass some sandboxing and other local security measures. Social platforms will be used more aggressively to target the finances and personal information of consumers, and the intellectual properties and trade secrets of business leaders. To ensure big data security and keep hackers at a distance, advanced threat-reputation services and analytics tools will start to offer more advanced technologies.
McAfee Labs researchers expect to see the following trends in 2014: