What’s Hot Among Hackers in 2019?

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Today, hacking is one of the biggest threats to information security. In an article published by NY Times in November last year, a single hack of Marriott affected about 500 million people. The breach exposed guests booking information for a period of four years laying bare critical customer information.

But that’s just a tip of the iceberg – last year saw a sharp increase in ransomware and malware attacks, phishing, as well as the evolution of cybercriminal capabilities.

As you would imagine, 2019 won’t be any different.

Companies are expected to invest more in cyber protection as hackers continue to invent more intricate ways of executing their attacks.

So, what the latest hacking news and trends in 2019?

Top Hacking Trends to Look Out for in 2019

A shift from Data Theft to Manipulation

Initially, most cases of hacking resulted in data loss as opposed to manipulation. However, in 2019, things are bound to take a shift from the usual data theft.

Hackers are expected to interfere with the integrity of information. As compared to data loss, such an attack will see affected companies damage their reputation by getting people to question the integrity of their data.

And come to think of it – what better way of hurting a business can there be compared to tampering with its information? I’ll tell you – perhaps NONE!

Increase in Remote Attacks

Remote attacks are certainly not a new cyber threat in the internet crime space, but such attacks are set to become more sophisticated in 2019.

In the cryptocurrency space alone, more than $927 million was lost to remote hacking within the first nine months of 2018.

Gone are the days when one would need to physically access your system for them to gain access to your files. Hackers are now targeting devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and IP cameras in connected homes.

Such devices have become low-hanging fruit for hackers since they need to have their ports open and connected to external networks or the internet at all times.

Expect Bolder, Commercial and Less Traceable Attackers

Hackers are getting more commercial and organized by the day.

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Attackers are expected to establish more formal communication channels such as call centers to interact with their audiences. Some of the most affected areas are the dating sites, which continue to see a steady rise in cases of internet security breaches.

To avoid being traced, hackers are expected to base their operations in locations that don’t regard cybercrimes as seriously criminal activities.

Advanced Phishing Tools

According to The Independent IT-Security Institute, for every second that passes, four new malware samples are developed. Due to this high speed, phishing remains one of the biggest threat to cybersecurity in this day and age.

But even with high cases of phishing, only an approximate 17% of the incidences are reported since it is not yet considered a high-risk activity.

Hackers continue to take advantage of the fact that 65% of URLs today are considered unsafe, making it difficult for businesses and consumers to differentiate between malicious and genuine websites.

Additionally, the dark web is home to some of the most sophisticated phishing kits. Individuals with minimal hacking expertise can easily use the kits to orchestrate some of the most complex phishing activities in the history of the internet.

Latest Security Threats: AI Will Change Everything

AI is a dual technology. While the tech continues to change things for the better, black hat attackers and cybercriminals use AI-driven chatbots to carry out their attacks.

Artificial Intelligence will be used to lure internet browsers into downloading items, clicking on pages and surrendering their private information. In other words, hackers are expected to manipulate chatbots into misleading unsuspecting browsers to click on nefarious links.

Other than text-based chatbots, victims will also be socially engineered over voice connections such as phones.

Final Word

Other than the above cybersecurity trends in hacking, you can expect to see new job titles such as ‘CCO’ (Chief Cybercrime Officer). Companies with valuable user information are expected to appoint full-time employees to oversee the day-to-day security of their data.

As the year goes by, companies will be looking to remain cyber-ready at all times by investing more in specialists and improved systems for the safety and integrity of their data.

What other trends in hacking do you know of? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments section and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest cybersecurity news.