Avast, an internet security firm, recently released a threat report for 2019, titled “Avast Threat Landscape Report – 2019 Predictions”. The report, which starts with a 2018 Threat Landscape report, mentions Adversarial AI, sophisticated IoT attacks, and an increase in fake apps amongst the key security trends that users need to be aware of this year.
The security firm reviews around one million new files on a daily basis and prevents two billion attacks each month, which makes it an entity that can offer valuable insights on the latest threats as well as provide a map of growing trends and predict future attacks.
In 2018, a new kind of attack surfaced, one which leveraged AI-generated content to evade AI security controls. These attacks generally termed ‘DeepAttacks,’ owing to their deep learning ability, were basically used by researchers to fool human users. The best example of such an attack was the fake Obama video created by Buzzfeed, where the former president Obama convincingly delivered fake sentences. The security firm predicts that such DeepAttacks will surface more in 2019, as hackers will try to evade both human detection and AI defenses.
Now, with markets flushing with smart and connected devices, it is becoming rather a nuisance to search for devices that are potentially not connected to the world wide web. Avast predicts that with such market rush to get ahead, and beat the competition, smart device manufacturers often overlook the security to offer their device at a lower price point. This is the major fault or defect in these devices, which can very easily be exploited by intruders to peep into the user’s network since a smart home is only as secure as its weakest link. The firm predicts that now these intruders can do more damage, with evolving IoT malware, which can be just as devastating as the PC or mobile Trojan attacks.
Also, with an increase in fake apps, which the firm detected using its apklab.io platform, 2019 is going to be a challenging year, with fake advertising, phishing, and fake apps continuing to dominate the mobile threat landscape.