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Advanced Persistent Threats in 2020: Abuse of Personal Information and More Sophisticated Attacks Are Coming

November 20, 2019

WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 20, 2019--

Kaspersky researchers have shared their predictions on Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in 2020, pointing out some of the ways the landscape of targeted attacks could change in the coming months. The overall trend shows that threats will grow in sophistication and become more targeted, diversifying under the influence of external factors, such as the development and propagation of machine learning, technologies for deepfake development, and tensions around trade routes between Asia and Europe.

The predictions were developed based on changes that the Global Research and Analysis Team witnessed over 2019, and are an effort to help the cybersecurity community prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in the coming year.

The abuse of personal information: from deepfakes to DNA leaks

After a number of personal data leaks that happened in recent years, the number of personal details available made it easier for attackers to perform targeted attacks, based on victims’ leaked info. In 2020, threat actors will dive deeper, hunting for more sensitive leaks, such as biometric data.

The researchers pointed out a number of key technologies which could lure victims of personal data abuse into the attackers’ traps. Among them are video and audio deepfakes that can be automated and support profiling, as well as the creation of social engineering and other schemes.

Other targeted threat predictions for 2020 include:

“The future holds so many possibilities that there are likely to be things that are not included in our predictions. The extent and complexity of the environments in which attacks play out offer so many possibilities. In addition, no single threat research team has complete visibility of the operations of APT threat actors. We will continue to try and anticipate the activities of APT groups and understand the methods they employ, while providing insights into their campaigns and the impact they have,” said Vicente Diaz, security researcher at Kaspersky.

The predictions have been developed thanks to Kaspersky threat intelligence services from around the world. On November 20, Kaspersky GReAT researchers will also share, via webinar, their predictions for upcoming changes in the world of major threat actors in 2020. To join the webinar please click this link.

The full list of Kaspersky Threat Predictions for 2020 is available on Securelist.

This list of predictions is a part of Kaspersky Security Bulletin (KSB), an annual series of predictions and analytical articles on key changes in the world of cybersecurity. Follow this link to look at other KSB pieces.

To look back at what Kaspersky experts expected to see for advanced targeted threats in 2019, please read more here.

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

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