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The security company is also concerned about the lack of security of consumer data that are gathered and placed on the market by manufacturers of tools attached.
Washington — After a year marked by attacks of large magnitude, 2018 promises to be a bonanza for criminals who are going to develop tools even more destructive, ” says the it security firm McAfee in a report published Wednesday.
Bad Rabbit, NoptPetya, Wannacry… These three software ransom have paralyzed hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, and filled the pockets of the hackers.
Wannacry, who had attacked in may the health services in british factories for the French car manufacturer Renault, the German railways and the Spanish government, would have reported $ 140 million to the masters singers. But this was only a foretaste, writes McAfee in its annual report on the risks, as cyber criminals develop new strategies and “economic models” to keep one step ahead of the defense tools. Hackers could damage or destroy the target instead of the block. Their new victims could be of the rich and famous that they could trap via connected objects, less secure than PC’s or smart phones.
According to McAfee, the trend in 2018 will also be on the attack used “as a service” by hackers for hire. Malware 2017 “could be sold to parties seeking to cripple rivals national, political or commercial,” explained Raj Samani, scientific officer at McAfee.
The manufacturers of connected objects in the home and providers of services will try to catch up with their low margins by bringing together even more of our personal data, with or without our agreement
Report from it security firm McAfee
McAfee is also concerned about the lack of security of consumer data, in particular those of children, which are collected and placed on the market by manufacturers of tools attached. “The manufacturers of connected objects in the home and providers of services will try to catch up with their low margins by bringing together even more of our personal data, with or without our consent “, say the authors of the report.
The general Regulation on data protection (RGPD), a european text, will make from 25 may 2018, the companies responsible of the personal data that they hold. In the event of theft or compromise, they will be prosecuted and may be exposed to fines of up to 4 % of their total turnover.
The RGPD ” 2018 an important year to see how responsible companies are ahead of these issues, respecting the privacy of the user, using with the discernment of the consumer and their content to improve their service, and by establishing time limits in the conservation of these data “, said the vice-president of McAfee’s Vincent Weafer.