What to be afraid of in 2022? Watch out for mobile wallets and deepfake attacks

  • The year 2021 is behind us and from the point of view of cybersecurity it was quite wild
  • How will the current year 2022 be in this regard?
  • Mobile attacks are expected to rise and it is clear that hackers will be hyperactive again

Hackers will increase their activity this year

A well-known provider of cybersecurity solutions, Check Point Software Technologies, has published its forecast for 2022. This, of course, concerns hackers and cyber threats. It seems that this year will not be calm in this respect either – on the contrary, hackers are likely to increase their activity and focus even more on phones.

What to be afraid of in 2022? Hackers will not slow down

According to this forecast, cybercriminals are expected to focus more on supply chains this year. They are usually not so monitored, which of course hackers. In recent years, SolarWinds, Codecov, and Kaseya. They used REvil ransomware, which infected more than 1,000 customers, and attackers demanded a $ 70 million ransom to provide decryption keys.

Data leakage will increase and organizations and governments will have to spend even more money repairing the damage. The record in 2021 was a $ 40 million ransom paid to hackers by an American insurance giant. But it is very likely that it will be surpassed this year.

Fake news, disinformation campaigns and the onset of the cyber Cold War are also coming back in large numbers. Terrorist groups and political activists will be able to carry out more sophisticated attacks thanks to better infrastructure, and these will be increasingly used to destabilize countries around the world.

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We can also expect more frequent use of deepfake technology

Cryptocurrencies and focus on mobile attacks

The virtual currency is currently resonating with the world and it will be the same this year. Attacks on cryptocurrencies are constantly increasing and hackers are looking for new ways to access these resources. Cryptocurrency protection will play a key role this year.

And phone attacks are also expected to increase due to the growing popularity of mobile wallets. This, of course, attracts the attention of cybercriminals, who will try to adapt their techniques to take advantage of users’ dependence on mobile devices.

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Cloud service providers (CSPs) are adopting a micro-service architecture, so attackers are increasingly looking for vulnerabilities that they could then exploit to attack CSPs. Deepfake technology, ie fake videos and sounds, will also spread this year. It is becoming more sophisticated, so it can be used as a weapon for manipulating opinions and also for accessing sensitive data.

Last year, every 61st organization was affected by some type of ransomware. The number of such attacks will increase in 2022, and attackers will continue to target companies that can afford to pay ransom for data. More often, they will also use penetration tools that allow them to customize attacks in real time.

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