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8 Boldest Security Predictions For 2017

Scary, funny and maybe even a little outlandish, these industry predictions come from prognosticators who didn't mince words.
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Rubber Ducky, You Make Bot Time Lots Of Fun

In light of the rise of the Mirai botnet this year, we weren't surprised to see many industry insiders predicting a ramp-up in weaponization of the Internet of Things (IoT) to carry out widescale DDoS attacks in 2017. This isn't a brand new phenomenon, just a burgeoning one; in fact it was one of the boldest predictions we made for 2016 that actually came true. 

One security fortune teller, however, was extremely specific with his IoT botnet predictions.

'We expect to see hackers continue to exploit IoT device vulnerabilities to launch attacks, and they will likely use Edwin, the app-connected smart duck who will be the biggest security threat of the year,' says Jeff Harris, vice president of solutions for Ixia. 'Hackers will leverage Edwin to launch the 'Rubber Ducky Botnet Army' of 2017, making it critical for organizations to better defend their networks to prevent the strong DDoS attacks made possible through a yellow ducky.'

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Rubber Ducky, You Make Bot Time Lots Of Fun

In light of the rise of the Mirai botnet this year, we weren't surprised to see many industry insiders predicting a ramp-up in weaponization of the Internet of Things (IoT) to carry out widescale DDoS attacks in 2017. This isn't a brand new phenomenon, just a burgeoning one; in fact it was one of the boldest predictions we made for 2016 that actually came true.

One security fortune teller, however, was extremely specific with his IoT botnet predictions.

"We expect to see hackers continue to exploit IoT device vulnerabilities to launch attacks, and they will likely use Edwin, the app-connected smart duck who will be the biggest security threat of the year," says Jeff Harris, vice president of solutions for Ixia. "Hackers will leverage Edwin to launch the Rubber Ducky Botnet Army of 2017, making it critical for organizations to better defend their networks to prevent the strong DDoS attacks made possible through a yellow ducky."

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botw803
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botw803,
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1/8/2017 | 1:14:41 PM
Re: Minority Report: Infosec Edition
You obviously agree because you have been working for this website forever. Your post are really boring by the way.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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1/4/2017 | 4:34:59 PM
Help prevent an unwanted Internet sick day
I don't know that the Internet will take an unscheduled sick day, but I do know the common security system for Web sites, SSL, the Network Time Protocol and the Domain Name System are probably being probed for ways to exploit them by much more sophisticated hackers than before. And the Internet depends on each of them. We've built out an immense infrastructure without enough precautions, a bold move, but we'd be wise to now try to identify the points where it needs shoring up. One place to start is the Network Time Protocol, which has a dedicated staff operating on an extremely lean budget and which could use additional support (www.ntp.org).
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/4/2017 | 8:59:51 AM
Re: Minority Report: Infosec Edition
Totally agree! AI definitely has tremendous potential, emphasis on potential. The big question is how much and how soon. 
alexanderstein
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alexanderstein,
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12/28/2016 | 1:06:06 PM
Minority Report: Infosec Edition
It's not new years without resolutions and predictions.  Dark Reading honors the annual tradition with their top Info-Sec prognostications. #8: machine learning and artificial intelligence will build on significant capability gains to more accurately and intelligently learn from the past to detect and predict attacks. My counter-prediction: Nope. Most technologists and security professionals still wildly misunderstand/underestimate the complexity of human behavior as it relates to cybersecurity. Effective risk mitigation solutions will come from specialists in mental architecture and psychodynamics.
Christian Bryant
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Christian Bryant,
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12/27/2016 | 11:27:20 AM
Drone Jacking
I'm going to give drone jacking my top pick of these.  If you take a look at the volume of patents Google has put out for their drone army, from navigation aid systems to secure communication, you can see this has always been on their minds.  However, while Google is intent on making their drones as secure as possible (good luck with that, by the way), not all drone operators and start-ups are going to go the extra mile - at first.  And as applies to all drone companies, hijacking drones in-flight isn't the only method of taking control.  Drones can be captured through physical means and repurposed. 

Specifically on the topic of secure communication, we're going to see lots of projects working to perfect protocols that will help protect consumers and public safety.  Papers like "A Secure Communication Protocol for Drones and Smart Objects" by Jongho Won, Seung-Hyun Seo, and Elisa Bertino (2015) that explores securing communication between drones and smart objects (a smart parking management system, for example) are examples.  This paper states that "To support the required security functions, such as authenticated key agreement, non-repudiation, and user revocation, we propose an efficient Certificateless Signcryption Tag Key Encapsulation Mechanism (eCLSC-TKEM). eCLSC-TKEM reduces the time required to establish a shared key between a drone and a smart object by minimizing the computational overhead at the smart object. Also, our protocol improves drone's efficiency by utilizing dual channels which allows many smart objects to concurrently execute eCLSC-TKEM."

In the discussion about whether FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) or proprietary code and standards are better for drone tech, I think we need to work through 2017 to see what security flaws are revealed.  While I am a FOSS advocate, I also recognize the need for proprietary code under the right conditions.

 
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