As technology changes cyber-criminals adjust to it. Recently MIT’s Technology Review published an article regarding the biggest technology security threats of 2012. A lot of us spend a lot of our time online: working, surfing the Web, or just chatting with friends via social media. If you spend time online, being aware of these threats can help defend you and your data.
Stolen, Spoofed Certificates
One significant problem the article concentrates on is stole or faked certificates. Certificates are utilized 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 they are no longer considered trustworthy it might affect everyone, from the consumer, to the large company that is responsible for protecting your data.
Another important security challenge that we should become aware of is “hacktivism”. “Hacktivism” is the combination of the words activism and hack. Groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec target corporations that they think are either guilty of wrongdoings or just want to prove the companies have lax security. Whatever the reason, Technology Review says we should anticipate groups like these to continue their “hacktivism” well into the future.
Home automation is a growing trend, and in 2012 this could be a security risk. This means that lights, thermostats, even locks are linked to the Internet so they can be managed remotely. Imagine if hackers got into these systems, they could do some serious damage.