Beware! Chinese hackers planning to steal your money in 2018!



New Delhi, Dec 7 Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) groups that have allegedly been creating cyber havoc internationally will shift their focus in 2018 to countries like India and Hong Kong and groups seen as a threat to Beijing's influence over global markets, enterprise cyber security company FireEye said on Thursday.



Hacker groups backed by nation-states are termed as APTs.



The changing geopolitical situation in the Asia-Pacific region will give way to such threats. 



"For Indian enterprises, one of the most important security questions is, do you know who is targeting you and how they operate? The threat landscape looks very different depending on the nature of your business, the data you hold, your relationships, and more," Shrikant Shitole, Senior Director and Country Head for India at FireEye, told IANS.



"Organisations cannot effectively measure their security by compliance standards or vis a vis their peers. They must measure it against their adversaries. Can they detect and defend the attacks their adversaries are likely to employ? Most firms are not as secure as they would like to believe," Shitole added.



For the government and private sector alike, the FireEye executive said, it's important we shore up defences to avoid a situation like Russia's meddling in the recent US presidential election. 



"The threat actor activity which facilitates these operations often takes place well before election day, and as we saw in the US, targets can be very diverse. The unfortunate reality today is this is threat with which all democracies must contend," Shitole noted.



In the Asia-Pacific region, FireEye said, China and neighbouring countries are still continuing political disputes, especially with India, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and other South-east Asian countries. 



"Therefore, unorganised 'hacktivism' attacks as a response to these political tensions within and against these countries is expected to continue and possibly rise throughout the new year," the company warned. 



According to FireEye, it observed an increase in non-Chinese and non-Russian APT groups in 2017 and expect to discover more in 2018.



"Recently we did a report on APT33, a threat group out of Iran. They're primarily targeting the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel. Those nations tend to pop up on Iran's radar when it comes to targeting. It's game on for them," Kevin Mandia, CEO, FireEye, said in a statement.



Ransomware is expected to rise in 2018, especially as administrators are slow to patch and update their systems. 



Other popular techniques that will continue to be used in 2018 are strategic web compromises and spear phishing, especially in targeted attacks. We also expect to see many more destructive worms and wipers, the cybersecurity firm noted.



However, adoption of Cloud technology among majority of businesses will increase in 2018.



"You have to be ready for even the most seemingly simple threats, and you have to detect them, because I don't believe we're going to be able to do security risk transfer to have the Cloud providers detect it. It's a tough thing to do," Mandia said.



"They can't tell you how your users normally use their email. They just try to make it available to your users. So, we're going to have a lot of interesting challenges and complexities there," he added.



Meanwhile, as cryptocurrency continues to skyrocket in value and popularity, malware targeting anonymous currencies such as bitcoin will increase in 2018.



"Moving into 2018, we expect to see much more malware actively stealing cryptocurrency from weakly protected wallets, shimming password entry to wallets, stealing offline wallets for brute forcing or using credentials stolen from the same user," the firm said.

 

(IANS) 

Related news

Don’t Miss

Cash for vote..Rs 41300000 cash, 4.52 kg gold seized in Karnataka
9 new ministers to take oath as Amarinder Singh to expand cabinet
Breaking: POSCO Act: Ordinance on death for child rapists gets a nod
IMF expects this from India
Sensex ends flat at 34,415.58; tech stocks RISE
18 Rohingyas arrested in Tripura for entering country illegally
BMW India launches third generation of SUV X3
Apple working on iPhone SE 2
Now you don't need a commercial licence for taxis and autos
Modi warns Pak from London,stop terror else face surgical strike..Rapes are worrisome, says PM
10 Points: Where has all the cash disappeared from ATMs
Infant raped, killed in MP; 1 arrested
Amitabh Bachchan 'attacked'.. Details here
Good news: All metro stations in Delhi will be counterless soon
UP CM Yogi Adityanath a hit on Facebook
Hmm..Deepika walks hand-in-hand with ex Ranbir Kapoor
Pakistan calls India's claims on surgical strike 'baseless'
Chaiwala as PM has made Indians aspirational..Modi targets Gandhi family in London
LIVE: PM Modi and Prince Charles visit exhibition on 5000 Years of Science and Innovation
1993 Mumbai blasts death row convict Tahir Merchant dead
Can dogs predict earthquakes? Read here
Khamosh..I will not quit BJP, will criticise from within party, roars Shatrughan
Breaking: Fire breaks out at the meeting venue of Amit Shah
Video: There's hope, Indians can see the truth, says Rahul Gandhi
Rape-accused Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh's 'Y' category security withdrawn
10 Points: Naroda Patiya Massacre Case: All you wanted to know
Jio Magic.. Ambani among Fortune's 50 Greatest Leaders of 2018
BJP protecting rapists, am feeling insecure..Actress quits BJP
Rishi says this cute thing about Big B
From London Modi salutes Army for surgical strike..Pak understands only this language

Most Recent



Most Popular