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2018’s Biggest Attacks Will Stem from Known Vulnerabilities -

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Trend Micro just released its annual predictions report for next year. In this, we outline 8 ways the threat landscape is expected to evolve in 2018. While the predictions touch on a wide range of issues – from IoT to cyberpropaganda – the underlying theme is this, 2018’s biggest attacks will stem from known vulnerabilities.

This prediction stems from all the big security events in 2017, like the WannaCry incident, that were based on known vulnerabilities. By studying the leaked information from Shadow Brokers, criminals had access to a list of vulnerabilities that a state-funded intelligence service actively and successfully exploited. Based on this, it is easy to foresee that criminals will make use of these vulnerabilities, too.

The biggest difference between an unknown vulnerability, one only known to an intelligence service, and a known vulnerability is that the potential number of attackers using it gets exponentially higher. So once a vulnerability is publicly known,...(continued)

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