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Friday, 3rd January 2014

McAfeeŽ Labs 2014 Threats Predictions

Source: McAfee, Inc.

From Mobile Malware:

In 2013 the rate of growth in the appearance of new mobile malware, which almost exclusively targets the Android platform, was far greater than the growth rate of new malware targeting PCs. In the last two quarters reported, new PC malware growth was nearly flat, while appearances of new Android samples grew by 33%.

While McAfee Labs expects this trend to continue in 2014, it’s not just the growth rate in new mobile attacks that will make news. We also expect to see entirely new types of attacks targeting Android. It is highly likely we will see the first real ransomware attacks aimed at mobile devices that will encrypt key data on the device and hold it for ransom. The information will be released only if the victim delivers either conventional currency or a virtual currency—such as Bitcoin—to the perpetrator. Other new tactics we expect to see in the mobile realm include attacks on vulnerabilities in the near-field communications features now found on many devices and attacks that will corrupt valid apps to expropriate data without being detected.

Attacks on mobile devices will also target enterprise infrastructure. These attacks will be enabled by the now ubiquitous bring- your-own-device phenomenon coupled with the relative immaturity of mobile security technology. Users who unwittingly download malware will in turn introduce malware inside the corporate perimeter that is designed to exfiltrate confidential data. BYOD is not going away, so enterprises must put in place comprehensive device-management policies and solutions to avoid becoming victims.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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