Recently, Experian® shared its sixth annual “Data Breach Industry Forecast,” which broaches such topics as cloud attacks and biometric hacking.
- Attackers will zero in on biometric hacking
Attackers will zero in on biometric hacking and expose vulnerabilities in touch ID sensors, facial recognition and passcodes. Biometric data is considered the most secure method of authentication, but it can be stolen or altered, and sensors can be manipulated and spoofed or deteriorate with too much use
- Next generation skimming on a national network
Skimming is the next frontier for an enterprise-wide attack on a major financial institution’s national network, which could result in millions of losses. Credit card skimmers are hidden devices designed to steal card information and passcodes. Criminals are now going after bank networks – moving beyond attacking individual ATMs by loading malware into entire computer systems.
- A major wireless carrier will be attacked
A major wireless carrier will be attacked with a simultaneous effect on both iPhone and Android, stealing personal information from millions of consumers and possibly disabling all wireless communications in the United States. Similar to an attack on critical infrastructure, a serious disruption to a wireless network would halt the nation.
- A top cloud provider will suffer a breach
It’s a matter of when, not if, a top cloud vendor will suffer a breach, compromising the sensitive information of major companies. The only question is how long it will take hackers to go to the cloud, affecting the world’s largest companies and potentially billions of pieces of data.
- The online gaming community will be an emerging hacker surface
The online gaming community will be an emerging hacker target, with cybercriminals posing as games and gaining access to the computers and personal data of trusting players. A cybercriminal can easily pose as a gamer or take over an avatar to infiltrate games and communities, stealing personal and credit card information and valuable game pieces and tokens.
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