As technology changes cyber-criminals adjust to it. Recently MIT’s Technology Reviewpublished an article regarding the biggest technology security threats of 2012. Most 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 conscious of these threats can help guard you and your data.
Stolen, Spoofed Certificates
One major issue the article concentrates on is stole or faked certificates. Certificates are used by websites that you log into, like your bank, that prove the site can be trusted. In 2011 the faking of these was a frequent strategy used 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 these are no longer perceived as trustworthy it might affect everyone, from the consumer, to the large company that is charged with protecting your information.
Another common security challenge is what is referred to as “Hacktivism”. Cyber-criminals see this as activism through hacking, hence the name. Organizations like Anonymous and LulzSec target large businesses that they believe are guilty of wrongdoing. They also target companies to demonstrate the vulnerability and weakness of them. Technology Review believes that groups like these will continue “hacktivism” for a long time.
The growing popularity of home automation also presents security risks in 2012. As Technology Review writes, a growing amount of automation systems link alarm systems, thermostats, lights, and even the locks to homes’ front doors to the web. Consider the damage that hackers can do if they break into these systems.