As technology changes cyber-criminals adapt to it. Recently MIT’s Technology Review published an article concerning the biggest technology security threats of 2012. A lot of us spend much of our time online: working, surfing the Web, or just chatting with friends via social media. If you spend time online, being conscious of these threats can help defend you and your data.
Stolen, Spoofed Certificates
One serious problem the article concentrates on is stole or faked certificates. Certificates are used by websites that you log into, like your bank, that prove the site can be trusted. In 2011 the faking of these was a common strategy employed by cyber-criminals and it is thought to be a continuing problem in 2012.
A Common Security Mechanism in Trouble?
Sites use certificates as a security measure more than any other means. If these are no longer viewed as trustworthy it could affect everyone, from the consumer, to the large company that is charged with protecting your information.
Technology Review also pointed to online attacks called “hacktivism” as a key security challenge for this year. Groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec crack passwords and break into company websites. Frequently, these groups do so to demonstrate that companies are woefully unprepared to cope with hackers. Other times, they target companies or businesses that they believe are guilty of wrongdoing. No matter the motivation, anticipate these groups to continue their so-called hacktivism in 2012 and beyond.
Home automation is a growing trend, and in 2012 this may be a security risk. This means that lights, thermostats, even locks are connected to the Internet to allow them to be managed remotely. Imagine if hackers got into these systems, they could do some serious damage.
Posted on: 04.04.12