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Report predicts trend of ransomware hijacking of home devices may emerge in 2018


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The 2017 Annual Internet Security Report released by Tencent Security on the 17th anticipates that in 2018, network security threat trends such as continued upgrade of technical means of network blackmail and more variable threat sources, IoT devices will become new DDoS attack targets, machine learning intensifies confrontation between attackers and defenders, digital ransom or becoming a mainstream cybercrime technique in the future, and home devices may become hijacking targets for ransomware.

In 2017, various cases of theft, fraud and extortion using Internet technology continued to occur, and the black and grey industry around the Internet is spreading at a very fast pace, with data privacy leaks becoming increasingly serious. Statistics from all major countries show that the number of cases of theft, fraud and extortion committed using Internet technology is increasing at a rate of more than 30 per cent per year.

From WannaCry and Petya to BadRabbit, the ransomware storm that erupted in 2017 swept through the global enterprise side and consumers alike, with hacking techniques becoming increasingly diverse. According to the Report, the total number of extortion virus samples detected throughout 2017 was at 6.6 million, with an average of nearly 550,000 extortion viruses detected per month. Compared to the past few years, cybercrime techniques have shifted from indirectly tricking users into using their account passwords to directly extorting money through "digital extortion".

The report says that the lure of lucrative profits has led to an increasing number of cybercriminals distributing ransomware and has led to the growing prevalence of Ransomware-As-A-Service and other services in the black market. Not only that, but professional cybercriminals are looking to attack more targets by taking advantage of the growing number of expensive connected home devices. Users are generally unaware of the threats to smart TVs, smart toys and other smart devices, making them prime targets for cybercriminals.

Major IoT security incidents have shown an increase since 2017, with some survey data showing a 280% increase in IoT attacks in the first half of 2017. In September 2017, IoT security research firm Armis discovered eight 0day vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth protocol that are expected to affect more than 5.3 billion devices worldwide.

The report argues that as mobile payment services become more popular in China, criminals can take full control of users' mobile phones by various means (especially in the case of rooted phones) and thus control more of their private information (such as SMS content, call records, geographic location and other private information) to gain a precise understanding of the user community and implement more accurate attacks. As one of the most harmful Trojan viruses, payment-type viruses usually steal users' SMS verification codes and combine them with personal privacy information obtained from other illegal channels to complete the transfer, causing users' property losses.

However, the report notes that in 2017, nearly 3 billion viruses were intercepted on the PC side, a 36.2% year-on-year decline compared to 2016, with the number of new viruses falling for the first time in six years. Tencent Computer Manager found a total of 630 million user machines with viruses or Trojans, down 23.2% year-on-year compared to 2016. The number of mobile virus-infected users also showed an overall downward trend, totaling 188 million, down 62.4% year-on-year compared to 2016.

In terms of nuisance calls and spam, which have received a lot of public attention in the previous two years, the total number of nuisance calls flagged in 2017 was 397 million, down 33.4% year-on-year compared to 2016. However, spam has been difficult to effectively remedy and the number of user reports has continued unabated. In 2017, a total of 1.38 billion spam messages were reported by users, an increase of nearly 30 percent year-on-year; among them, the total number of fraudulent messages was 44.33 million, with illegal loans, virus software and malicious URLs, online shopping and pseudo-base stations being the top fraudulent SMS types accounting for the highest percentage. Editor.


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