Preventing the dark future of ransomware
McAfee Labs’ 2017 Threats Predictions report paints a grim future. Through their analysis, the next logical step for malicious actors is to start taking over IoT products using malware. As IoT gains traction, products are no longer one-trick ponies with Wi-Fi connectivity. Instead, the future promises of smart driverless cars with machine learning abilities, and household appliances that store user preferences or payment information are beoming a reality.
WannaCry was an excellent example of the damage that could be done with IoT malware – entire facilities such as hospitals, banks, and businesses were halted, costing precious man-hours and putting lives at stake. For IoT malware to take off, McAfee hazards that it’s up to cybercriminals to actually decide what they can accomplish with these gadgets and it won’t take more than four years for them to figure it out.
As the general population evolves into tech-savvy, multidevice users, it has become our prerogative to protect ourselves from evolving ransomware, be it on your PC, smartphone, or IoT device.