Mobile Malware to Lead Security Concerns in 2014

    December 30, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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As the tech industry has shifted to become more mobile in recent years, cybercrime has also quickly adjusted to the times. McAfee Labs is now predicting that mobile exploits will be where the most growth of the security industry will be focused in 2014.

McAfee is predicting that mobile malware in particular will drive growth for the security industry next year. Mobile attacks could include malicious software that steals data from legitimate apps or software that is installed via NFC. The company bases its prediction on what it has seen this year, including a 33% increase in Android malware samples during the second half of 2013. In contrast, McAfee has not seen an increase in the amount of new PC malware.

Social networks will also be a up-and-coming security concern in 2014. According to McAfee so-called “social attacks” will commonplace by the end of next year. Attacks through social networks are expected to target user data, which could be valuable in the case of certain persons.

“With target audiences so large, financing mechanisms so convenient, and cyber-talent so accessible, robust innovation in criminal technology and tactics will continue its surge forward in 2014,” said Vincent Weafer, SVP of McAfee Labs. “The activity in mobile and social is representative of an increasing ‘black hat’ focus on the fastest growing and most digitally active consumer audiences, in which personal information is almost as attractive as banking passwords. The emergence and evolution of advanced evasion techniques represents a new enterprise security battlefront, where the hacker’s deep knowledge of architectures and common security tactics enable attacks that are very hard to uncover.”

  • No Secure Data

    I am an IT consultant. I can assure everyone that there really is no such thing as secure data. There is hard to get data, but as far as secure data, there really isn’t. Also, you have to remember, you can get to data through human beings. Some on the inside of a company can change, manipulate, or give away your information easily.

    Let’s get real America. Many cops in this country sell drugs and are corrupt. Do you really think the clerk handling your personal data can’t be bought. If cops can, anyone can.

    I was a victim of identity theft. I went to an ATM at BOA and withdrew $50 dollars. That same day a person withdrew $500 from my account 5 different times at 5 different locations around the city of Atlanta that were all over 50 miles away from each other. There was no one behind me when I went to the ATM and the ATM I went to was encased in brick.

    My case had to have been a combination of a person in side the company and outside of the company. My account was set up to allow a maximum of $500 to be withdrawn on any given day. Somehow that got changed in my account and you can’t change that option with just an ATM card and pin number.

    The really sad part is if I had not caught this myself. BOA would not have told me. In fact, I went to the bank and they said they knew about the incident but did not contact customers. If I had not checked my statements, I would have been screwed out of $2500.

    Bottom line is this. No information on you is secure. Check your statements.