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More cyber attacks on Microsoft mobile devices in 2013

Anuradha Shukla | Nov. 19, 2012
Findings from the 2013 Websense Security Labs predictions report.

Threats to Microsoft mobile devices will see the highest rate of growth next year, according to the 2013 Websense Security Labs predictions report.

Cyber criminals had a field day in 2012 and they intend to have an even better time in 2013. Mobile devices will be the new target for cross-platform threats next year and Windows 8, Android and iOS will be the top three mobile platforms cyber criminals will target in the coming months.

Because more organisations are now using virtual machine defences to test for malware and threats, attackers are taking measures to avoid detection by recognising virtual machine environments.

Websense report shows that legitimate mobile app stores will host more malware in 2013 and malicious apps will continue to threaten organisations enabling bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

Entry of new players will increase the number of government-sponsored attacks driving more governments to enter the cyber warfare arena.

"The risk to organisations continues to be amplified by the frailty of human curiosity. It's now expanding across diverse mobile platforms, evolving content management systems and an ever-increasing population of online users," said Charles Renert, vice president of Websense Security Labs, Websense.

Hacktivists increase their sophistication

The 2013 Websense Security Labs predictions report indicates that hacktivists will move to the next level as simplistic opportunities have decreased driving them to significantly increase their sophistication.

Organisations have deployed better detection and prevention policies, solutions and strategies driven by highly publicised hacktivist events in recent years to combat cyber threats.

We will see the comeback of malicious e-mail in 2013 and domain generation algorithms will also bypass current security to increase the effectiveness of targeted attacks.

Finally, cyber criminals will follow the crowds to legitimate content management systems and Web platforms.

"2013 will absolutely reinforce the fact that traditional security measures are no longer effective in thwarting advanced cyber attacks. Organisations and security providers need to evolve towards more proactive real-time defences that stop advanced threats and data theft," added Renert.


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