If one thing can be said about security in the post-PC era, it’s that things are a lot more complicated and the stakes are much higher. It’s enough to (almost) make you long for the old days of Blaster and NIMDA. Then, you only had one platform to worry about and your losses were primarily downtime. Now, as the online world continues to expand, threats are expanding with them. And, in terms of losses, quite simply cash is king.
This ever expanding world of online threats seeking financial gain can be seen in our latest quarterly threat roundup: Cybercrime Hits the Unexpected. Among the findings our researchers highlight, attacks focusing on Bitcoin, point-of-sale systems and online banking malware demonstrate that attackers are squarely focused on following the money wherever it might be.
Our researchers also show that the Android crisis around malware and high risk apps continues to worsen as we crossed the 2 million mark. Our Chief Technology Officer Raimund Genes has predicted that we will cross the 3 million mark for malware and high risk apps on Android by the end of 2014 and the numbers show that may actually be too conservative.
But while attackers are expanding into new territories, we shouldn’t think that they’re abandoning their old haunts. More traditional threats like those on the PC platform continue to be well represented and the recent ending of security support for Windows XP promises to give attackers plenty of material to work with on the PC platform for the foreseeable future.
No matter how you cut it, the online world is a dangerous one. And as we see it expanding into its next phase, the “Internet of Everything” (IoE) we see that threats are expanding there as well.