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Cyber-Attacks Trends in 2016
Cyber-Attacks Trends in 2016

Author(s): Ioan-Cosmin Mihai
Subject(s): ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Asociatia Romana pentru Asigurarea Securitatii Informatiei
Keywords: Cybercrime; cyber criminals; cyber attacks

Summary/Abstract: Cybercrime is becoming more hostile and confrontational. The number of cyber-attacks is growing and the cyber criminals are becoming increasingly aggressive, especially in case of extortion. Cybercrime nowadays represents a grown industry; the Cybercrime-as-a-Service (CaaS) model offers easy access to illegal products and services. Unexperienced cybercriminals can use these services and launch cyber-attacks anywhere in the world with less knowledge and resources and sizeable profits for them. That’s why malware attacks, particularly information stealing and banking trojans, represent the major threat encountered in the cyberspace, as reported by police enforcement. Ransomware attacks, that can encrypt all the victim’s files, have grown in terms of scale and impact and represent one of the primary threats. With free tools and documentation from the Dark Net, many hackers can built and spread their own forms of ransomware. That is one of the reasons why the number of ransomware variants exploded in the last months.

  • Issue Year: 5/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 9-10
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: English