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Ransomware on the rise, expected to grow in 2013: Symantec

Patrick Budmar | Nov. 12, 2012
With increasing ransomware activity in Europe, US, and Canada, Symantec expects it to spread to regions such as Australia as well.

"What we're seeing is a lot of major social network players are now integrating payment methods into their systems, so that is going to raise another target point for hackers to focus on," Kopelke said.

Symantec expects conflicts between nations, organizations and individuals to predominately take place in the cyber world in 2013, as well as a spike in malware as companies seek to drive mobile ad revenue.

When it comes to security threats, Kopelke said Symantec is a "great believer in following the money."

"As people start moving more and more to their mobile platform, to using more devices and interacting with Cloud applications, we're going to see more targeted threats going into those environments," he said.

"Hackers are going to start exploiting security risks on mobile devices, but also financial and credit information in there, so that whole area of malware focused on the mobile device will continue to be a big shift."

 

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