Norton claims that cyber activism will gain momentum next year, and that crypto scams are likely to increase as more users buy. In addition, the cyber security firm predicts that scammers will target people who are victims of natural disasters. Norton warns that there will be more hacking, more scammers, and a greater need for online security in 2022. The cryptocurrency market is likely to see more casual investors next year, pointing to more scams in the segment. Phishing campaigns to steal users’ login credentials or tech support scams to separate people from their money will see an increase.
The cyber security predictions for the next year are listed by Norton. At the top, the firm predicts growth cryptocurrency Many countries want to regulate it in the form of scams. The increase in casual investors, who do not fully understand how cryptocurrencies work, will enable scammers to take advantage of it. “Scammers are using those misconceptions to defraud people from their coins, and with this new set of new users, we expect a huge increase in the number of scams out there. They are likely some of the older scams out there. But at the same time, we expect to see new and creative efforts targeting this new, larger group of potential victims,” notes the company.
Norton also says that the need to be online during the pandemic and having all identity documents online can lead to theft, identity theft and other scams. The firm also predicts that cybercriminals may run phishing campaigns to steal login credentials or tech support scams to separate people from their money. While most attacks are for money, some lean towards using cyber intrusions as a form of protest.
The company says that hacker activists or hacktivists will use their knowledge to achieve political results. They do this by disrupting governments, spreading fear or exposing certain information. Hacktivism and cyberterrorism were alive in 2021 and, well, governments that disclose information preferred to keep secret. Norton expects these attacks to continue, if not increase, given their reach and potential impact.
In 2022, scammers will continue to exploit disaster-affected users. Norton says that whenever money flows out of insurance companies or the government for victims of natural disasters, there is someone who will try to take advantage of that situation, either by fraud with stolen identities or by directly defrauding people. . If the trend continues, and there are more natural disasters and extreme weather events, Norton expects to see more scammers ready to cash in.
Finally, Norton predicts that cybercrime will increase with artificial intelligence and machine learning. This will allow users to manipulate certain forms of media and extract value from large datasets. It predicts that as deepfake technology gets better and easier to use, it will become a useful tool for criminals, scammers, stalkers and activists.
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