Cloud computing and virtualisation will widen the field for cybercriminals according to Trend Micro’s future threat report.
ANZ consumer director David Peterson says the IT industry has already witnessed Danger/Sidekick’s cloud based server failure that caused major data outages in November.
“Trend Micro believes cybercriminals will either be manipulating the connection to the cloud, or attacking the datacentre and cloud itself.”
He also says internet protocol is changing, allowing another threat to emerge.
“Internet protocol version six is still in the experimentation states of replacing the current IPv4. As users start to explore IPv6, so will cybercriminals, and we can expect to see proof-of-concept elements in IPv6 start to materialise in the upcoming new year. Possible avenues for abuse include new covert channels.”
Cybercriminals will also enter social media users circle of trust
“Social engineering will continue to play a big role in the propagation of threats. But given the increasing saturation of social media with content intended to be shared via online social interactions, cybercriminals will definitely try to penetrate and compromise popular communities,” says Peterson.
“The threat landscape has shifted and we are no longer seeing global outbreaks like Slammer or CodeRed. Even the much covered Conflicker incident of 2008 and 2009 was not a global outbreak by its true definition; rather it was a carefully orchestrated and architected attack.”
Moving forward, he says localised and targeted attacks are expected to grow in their number and sophistication
Other forecasts in the report include the impact of Windows 7, drive by infections and company data breaches.