Pre­vent­ing the dark fu­ture of ran­somware

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

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.

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