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McAfee - Cyber-Espionage Likely to Increase Next Year

ZDNet.in reported on 9th December, 2014 quoting McAfee's annual threat landscape report as predicting that "Cyber-espionage and attacks on connected devices are expected to increase in 2015."

The recently released report reveals that Internet-warfare has been hitting at almost everywhere from Information Technology circles to renowned culture which is getting a fever pitch creating suspicion and information about the breach at Sony Entertainment Pictures (SPE).

Nevertheless, online-warfare is anticipated to become a usual tactic - especially for "small countries and terrorist outfits" in 2015 focusing on collecting valuable intelligence on well-placed people and rational property along with operational intelligence.

ZDNet.in reported on 9th December, 2014 quoting explanation of researchers as "They will strike with the launch of crippling DDOS or (distributed denial of service) attacks or by using malware which swabs the MBR (master boot record) to demolish the network of their enemies. Together, players of lasting Internet espionage will execute better techniques to remain on a network of a victim with the help of better and more refined discreet technologies and other ways to stay below the operating system and clandestinely."

During third quarter, McAfee detected around 307 new threats per minute with overall levels of malware going up to a worrying 76% every year. The security firm adds that malware for mobile also grew by 16%.

Itproportal.com reported on 10th December, 2014 quoting Vincent Weafer, Senior Vice President of McAfee Labs as commenting on various incidents "The year 2014 will be remembered as 'the year of Shaken Trust. This exceptional series of incidents shook the confidence of the industry in long-standing trust models of Internet, confidence of consumer on the organisation's ability to protect their data and resulting lack of confidence of organization in detecting and deflecting targeted attacks in a timely manner."

Marketwatch.com published news on 9th December, 2014 quoting Vincent Weafer as saying "Trust will be restored in 2015 with stronger collaboration in industry, new standards for a new threat-landscape and new security postures which shrink time to detect through superior use of threat data. Eventually, we need to have a security model with built-in design and flawless integrated into every device at every layer of the compute stack."

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