Mobile, IoT Face More Complex Attacks in 2015

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-23-2015 Email

Mobile malware samples jumped 16% in the third quarter of 2014 compared to malware discovered in the second quarter, according to a new report. Year over year, mobile malware increased by 76%. Conducted by McAfee Labs, which is now part of Intel Security, the quarterly report is included in McAfee Labs' "2015 Threats Predictions.” The report forecasts a threat landscape punctuated by more attacks exploiting long-established Internet trust standards and increased attacks on mobile devices and the IoT (Internet of things). Cyber-espionage will become more sophisticated, and criminals will evade sandboxing detection technologies. "The year 2014 will be remembered as 'the Year of Shaken Trust’," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president at McAfee Labs, "(which) shook industry confidence in long-standing Internet trust models, consumer confidence in organizations' abilities to protect their data and organizations' confidence in their ability to detect and deflect target attacks in a timely manner." Restoring trust will require stronger industry collaboration, he said, and new standards and security strategies that shrink time to detection through better use of threat data.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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