Blackberry Cylance has recently published a list of the most harmful malwares that are lurking around cyberspace in 2020 to steal your data. The 2020 Threat Report released by the organization attempts to provide a pattern through which cyber criminals are capitalizing on the online security vulnerabilities and stealing valuable information from individuals, business entities and other parties.
These malwares mainly infiltrate a system via spam mails. Therefore, it is more imperative than ever to refrain from clicking mails that seem fraudulent or arrive at your inbox from an unidentified source. If you want to save your website from online assailants, you have to use only the best web hosting services in the business.
The Growing Prevalence of IOT and The Related Risks
What is making the online security situation worse day by day? It is the growing popularity of smart devices aka Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets. A good portion of IoT devices don’t have the feature to change your default login information. That means, you would be stuck with the same username and password for years.
And the worst thing is, these devices don’t even have a formidable built-in firewall. So, you are stuck with old login information, and there is minimal security protocol in place to defend it. Feel scared yet? Statistics show there have been a 217.5% increase in IoT device privacy breaches since 2017.
The trend suggests that hackers are getting innovative day by day to get over the basic security system of your IoT devices. While they are evolving their tactics regularly, you are relying on your outdated security system to keep the online intruders at bay. The IoT devices connect all your smart home appliances to the domestic Wi-Fi network.
Doing so, all of these appliances have access to your Wi-Fi pass code. All an outsider has to do is to crack into only one of these devices, and all your personal information that you put online are exposed. The security system of IoT devices is frail, to say the least and quite incapable of protecting you from prowling hackers on the web.
To remedy this situation, developers need to rethink their entire security strategy to make IoT devices more fortified. One way to do this is to push the idea of a separate core network and eliminate the single network reliance. This will allow the devices to connect to multiple network sources and make it harder for unauthorized users to break in.
What Are The Threats Out There?
Internet threats like extortion, phishing, identity fraud, email hacks, investment frauds are showing no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the cyber criminals are coming up with newer ideas to trap internet users, which make us feel more concerned about online security. To keep up with these threats, you will have to take necessary preventive measures.
To neutralize these threats effectively, you have to deploy a working cybersecurity suite, which can be bought from either a cybersecurity company or your internet service provider. Best internet service providers offer effective security features free of charge. For example, Charter Spectrum™ does so its popular Spectrum bundles, which turns out to be quite cost effective.
What Malwares Should I Look Out For?
The pandemic is not the only thing we need to be wary about in 2020. There has been a worrying surge in malware infection rates this year, the news of which has flown a bit under the radar because of the Covid-19 crisis. The hackers are out there to exploit the weaknesses of your cybersecurity measures. So, we have to be more careful online.
Here’s a list of top Malware that is dismantling cyber security features and stealing valuable data from people, business organizations, and governments in 2020:
The Qakbot is not a new malware since it has been out there for a decade. However, like biological viruses, it has mutated into a more lethal form. It can take over administrative accounts and lock out users. You would have a very difficult time getting rid of it.
Sakurel enters a system via infected URLs. When a user visits the infected site, the malware bypasses the existing anti-virus system and covertly installs itself into the device. What this basically does is sit undetecte4d in your system, and observe your daily operations. This is a classic Trojan virus. Once the malware creator takes control of the target using this virus, he can later use it to launch devastating attacks on your system or steal data.
XCodeGhost has been designed to breach more sophisticated operating systems like the iOS and Mac. It is the first virus, which specifically targets Apple devices. It had sneaked past the Apple App Store security features, and installed itself on countless Apple devices globally. The users had no reason to suspect anything since they were installing apps from a trusted source. The malware can mine user data from devices it is installed in.
Emotet has been active since 2014 and has been stealing user data from thousands of devices across the globe. It can also serve as a delivery mechanism for a different virus. Think of it as the launcher rocket for the spaceship-like virus. However, underestimate the virus’s individual capabilities at your own risk. It can spread like wildfire once it comes in contact with an uninfected system.
NetWiredRC is the ideal representation of how the lines continue to fade between cyber crime and state endorsed cyber espionage. The virus in question was developed by Iranian authorities as a spying tool to keep tabs on the under the wrap activities of the country’s political adversaries. It is a Trojan virus that records user data and transmits it to the issuer of the virus. Like CodeGhost, this virus also specializes in breaching Apple security protocols.
Vercuse breaches a system through media file downloads and removable storage. It has the ability to disable the security shields of your PC without your authorization.