Cyber espionage, along with privacy violations and social networking attacks facilitated by the increased use of mobile and tablet devices, will be the source of increased security threats over the coming months. This was revealed by PandaLabs, Panda Security's anti-malware laboratory in its predictions for top security trends to watch out this year.
Cyber espionage targeting companies and government agencies around the world will dominate corporate and national information security landscapes, and jeopardise the integrity of classified and other protected information. Trojans are expected to be the weapon of choice for hackers focused on these highly-sensitive targets.
"We live in a world where all information is in digital form and is easily accessible if you know how. Today's spies no longer need to infiltrate a building to steal information. As long as they have the necessary computer skills, they can wreak havoc and access even the best-kept secrets of organizations without ever leaving their homes," said Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs.
Consumers will continue to be targeted by cyber criminals as they find ever more sophisticated ways to target social media sites for stealing personal data. Social engineering techniques exploiting users' naiveté have become the weapon of choice for hackers targeting personally-identifiable information.
"Social networking sites provide a space where users feel safe as they interact with friends and family. The problem is that attackers are creating malware that takes advantage of that false sense of security to spread their creations," said Corrons.
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