Predictions over the biggest cybersecurity threats in 2016

In an article published earlier this month, Wired predicts that the biggest cybersecurity threats in 2016 will include: 

  • extortion hacks (where attackers threaten to release sensitive company or customer data if the victim doesn’t pay up or meet some other demand);
  • attacks that change or manipulate digital data in order to compromise its integrity (“data sabotage”);
  • chip-and-PIN innovations (it is expected that the introduction of chip cards will not stop fraud altogether, but rather shift fro, brick-and-mortar stores to online retailers);
  • the rise of the IoT zombie botnet;
  • more backdoors (which gives an attacker the ability to decrypt protected traffic running through the VPN on Juniper firewalls).