Emerging Cyber Threats for 2012 - Slide 4

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Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research for Damballa, notes that malware targeting mobile devices is constantly evolving. “The Zeus-in-the-Mobile (ZitMo) and several other examples of Android malware are acting more like traditional bots by communicating with a command-and-control (C2) architecture,” says Ollmann. “This marks an evolution beyond premium rate fraud and other tactics that do not rely on C2, and makes mobile devices as suscep­tible to criminal breach activity as desktops.”

Dmitri Alperovitch, independent security expert and former vice president of Threat Research at McAfee, is also watching the mobile space closely. “We’re already seeing an explosion of threats targeting Android and the iOS platform,” he said. “These devices will become major targets in the months ahead and are providing another avenue for data theft.”

In the past year, we have witnessed cyber attacks of unprecedented sophistication and reach. These attacks demonstrate that malicious actors have the ability to com­promise and control millions of computers that belong to governments, private enterprises and ordinary citizens. If we are going to prevent motivated adversaries from attack­ing our systems, stealing our data and harming our critical infrastructure, the broader community of security research­ers — including academia, the private sector and govern­ment — must work together to understand emerging threats and to develop proactive security solutions to safeguard the Internet and physical infrastructure that relies on it.

This slideshow features emerging cyber threats for 2012, identified by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Georgia Tech Research

Institute.

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