“The increase in cyber-physical threats from ‘Darkverse’ that exploits Metaverse” Trend Micro

Trend Micro’s ‘Cyber ​​Security Threats Targeting Internet Experience’ reportissued a warning about the ‘dark bus’ in the blind spot of legal regulations. The Darkverse is a virtual space created by abusing the Metaverse, and is considered as a factor that will accelerate metaverse-related cyber crimes.

The five major metaverse threats selected by Trend Micro in this report are: ▲NFTs will be attacked by phishing, ransomware, and fraud as the main means to control ownership in the metaverse ▲Darkverse will be pursued by investigative agencies , it is difficult to monitor and infiltrate, so it will become a hideout for committing illegal and criminal activities, and it may take years before the police actually step out, he said.

In addition, ▲ high-value real estate and NFTs in the metaverse will become criminal money laundering routes, ▲ social engineering techniques, false propaganda, and fake news will have a profound impact on the cyber-physical world, and criminals and key figures will It predicted that it would target vulnerable groups who are sensitive to the topic.

▲ Virtual space administrators like Metaverse can have enormous visibility into user behavior, so the concept of privacy protection will be redefined. In particular, he emphasized that ‘privacy’ as we knew it would disappear if we use this virtual space.

“Metaverse is a multi-billion-dollar cutting-edge technology that will define the next-generation Internet era,” said Bill Malik, vice president of Trend Micro Infrastructure Strategy. “Given the high cost and jurisdictional issues, investigative agencies will spend several years struggling for a full oversight of the metaverse.”

As predicted by Trend Micro, the dark bus is expected to be formed similar to the metaverse-type dark web, so threat actors may conspire and commit illegal acts without punishment.

Users can access the Dark Bus only when they are in a designated physical location, providing additional protection to the existing closed criminal community. Therefore, it is expected that it will be nearly impossible for the police to infiltrate the underground market operated by the Dark Bus without an accurate authentication token.

As such, various threats are expected to spread, from financial and e-commerce fraud to NFT theft and ransomware, using the dark bus as a hiding place. In addition, the cyber-physical properties of the metaverse are expected to open up new avenues for threat actors.

Cybercriminal behavior that destroys or distorts industrial systems by threatening the ‘digital twin’ space operated by infrastructure managers is also expected to occur. In addition, criminal acts that cause physical damage by distributing malware to metaverse users’ avatars have already been reported several times.

A space like the metaverse is expected to quickly become common before its full-fledged implementation. As such, Trend Micro’s report calls for a rapid discussion of what cyber threats are anticipated and how they can be mitigated.

Trend Micro is ▲how to coordinate and take responsibility for users’ words and actions on the metaverse ▲how to monitor and enforce copyright infringement ▲how to know if a user is communicating with a real person or a bot ▲a small number of tech companies Can you protect personal information by preventing the Metaverse monopoly? ▲ Discussions were presented, such as how to solve the high cost and jurisdiction problem for investigative agencies to block metaverse crimes.

Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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