QTS – Unit 4 – Question 3

Question 3: Share your thoughts on what you imagine to be the future of cyber attacks. Consider the types of information we store and share online today. What information will hackers try to get in the future? What approaches do you think they will use?

Answer: The future of cyberattacks is notoriously hard to predict because of cybercriminals’ dedication to continually evading detection. However, because they have permeated nearly every aspect of large businesses at this point, cybercriminals will likely become increasingly efficient at distributing ransomware, casting a broader net to add small businesses and even individuals to their attack repertoire. With increased automation, cybercriminals can automatically distribute “small-dollar” attacks to personal and mobile devices while remaining profitable.

We easily see  that with the advancements in technology and AI, especially in next years, things can escalate so fast that hackers can easily tap into our devices and track our digital footprint, monitor our online presence, and even listen in on our phone calls. They could pretend to be us and use it to their advantage.

Scams like this has happened, when a hacked account ask people in the friends list to send them an emergency sum, but it could get even more sophisticated when they can imitate our voice or even make a video call using Deepfake to convince our acquaintances. What’s even more concerning is that all the necessary technology for this is already available.

In short, in order to protect ourselves and others online, it’s important to think twice before sharing and constantly update our passwords, use two-factor authentication for our accounts.

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