NSFOCUS, a global provider of intelligent hybrid security solutions, has pointed to an increasingly unstable Internet in its latest Threat Intelligence 2017 Predictions Report. Co-author and Chief Research Intelligence Analyst, Stephen Gates considers a number of factors, including financial instability, refugee migration and the rise and fall of presidential regimes contributing to the unrest.
“The instability of the Internet in 2017 will mean we will see increased DDoS attacks with criminals taking advantage of the Internet of Things and looking to profit from DDoS for hire,” said Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst at NSFOCUS. “We’ll see these botnets wreak havoc on a global scale like never before in 2017.”
He also warned that organisations do not have to be the direct target of a DDoS attack to become collateral damage – highlighting to the largest DDoS attack on record that occurred in 2016 and impacted many organisations that were not a direct target of the attack.
Other threats include the rise of ransomware for hire as cyber criminals organise themselves and get business savvy, using marketing and SEO tactics to further their success in online extortion; as well as more sophisticated insider threats and the death of anti-virus.