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Kaspersky Lab Predicts Threat Landscape for 2013
By Chong Jinn Wei - on 6 Dec 2012, 4:01pm

Kaspersky Lab Predicts Threat Landscape for 2013

Kaspersky Lab has released its 2013 prediction of core threats. Amongst the more notable prediction for the coming year is the continual rise of cyber-attacks, the evolving role of 'hacktivism' and the increase of attacks on cloud-based services.

Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab

“In our previous reports we categorized 2011 as the year of explosive growth of new cyber threats. The most notable incidents of 2012 have been revealing and shaping the future of cyber security. We expect the next year to be packed with high-profile attacks on consumers, businesses and governments alike, and to see the first signs of notable attacks against the critical industrial infrastructure. The most notable trends of 2013 will be new example of cyber warfare operations, increasing targeted attacks on businesses and new, sophisticated mobile threats,” said Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky Lab experts predict that targeted attack with the purpose of espionage will continue to increase, and 'hacktivism' activities will continue to rise due to peoples' concomitant politically-motivated cyber-attacks. Besides that, state-sponsored cyber warfare will undoubtedly continue on in 2013 as Flame, Gauss and miniFlame were only recently discovered in 2012.

Another prediction that Kaspersky Lab has is that 2013 is the ever changing view of online privacy and trust with the use of social networks among consumers and businesses. With users understanding the amount of information they are putting out online, customers will understandably question whether they trust the service.

In addition to the above predictions, Kaspersky Lab also predicts that in 2013 we will see the increase of mobile malware. This year, cybercriminals focused primarily on the Android platform. However next year, the vulnerabilities might extend to 'drive-by download' which means smartphones and tablets will be target more frequently for personal or corporate data.

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