Even the United States government is warning users of the Internet about potential cyber attacks in 2013. The Better Business Bureau of Southwestern Virginia has listed the following on their watch list. Most of these are using Smart Phone technologies, but beware on Social Media and Internet sites as well. Thanks to Faye Sensabaugh for sending alerts.
BBB WARNS OF CYBERTHREATS OF 2013
Compute r hackers are doing much more than sending spam phishing emails these days. Evolving technologies are making it easier for people with malicious intent to manipulate the vulnerabilities of the Internet infrastructure.
BBB Serving Western VA is alerting consumers and businesses of expected cyberthreats in 2013:
Cloud-Based Botnets: Cloud computing allows businesses to quickly add or subtract computing power, creating the potential for massive virtual networks to simultaneously send thousands of spam emails. A growing concern is that cloud computing resources will be purchased using credit card information obtained from phishing schemes. Phishing schemes involve identity thieves who impersonate trustworthy sources or create fictitious reasons to contact consumers to try to get personal information — such as Social Security numbers, birthdates, passwords, credit card or bank account information.
Search History Poisoning: Hackers attempt to bump illegitimate websites to the top of search engine results, and now, try to manipulate individuals’ search histories—according to the Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2013 from Georgia Tech, http://www.gtcybersecuritysummit.com/pdf/2013ThreatsReport.pdf. Compromised search histories can follow users from computer to computer, perpetuating the inaccurate results and increasing the likelihood of visiting malicious websites.
Mobile Wallet Vulnerabilities: Near field communication, or NFC—a technology which allows two devices to exchange data when in the proximity of each other—is being considered by many smartphone manufacturers, retailers and airlines. With this technology, near field scanners may attempt to capture stored credit card information from passersby.
Malicious Mobile Apps: The Internet Crime Complaint Center recently issued an alert on malware in Android applications, http://www.ic3.gov/media/2012/121012.aspx. As the market for mobile applications expands, it is likely that this problem will increase.
Counterfeit QR Codes: A Quick Response Code is a two-dimensional scannable barcode that directs smartphone users to websites or downloadable content. Counterfeit QR Codes—often adhered over legitimate codes and unknowingly scanned—can download malware or lead to unsecure websites.