Negative trends 2013:
- Threat agents have increased the sophistication of their attacks and of their tools.
- Clearly, cyber activities are not a matter of only a handful of nation states; indeed multiple states have developed the capacity to infiltrate both governmental and private targets.
- Cyber-threats go mobile: attack patterns and tools targeting PCs which were developed a few years ago have now migrated to the mobile ecosystem.
- Two new digital battlefields have emerged: big data and the Internet of Things.
Positive developments in the cyber threat trends in 2013 include:
- Some impressive law-enforcement successes ; police arrested the gang responsible for the Police Virus; the Silk Road operator as well as the developer and operator of Blackhole, the most popular exploit kit, were also arrested.
- Both the quality and number of reports as well as the data regarding cyber-threats have increased
- Vendors gained speed in patching their products in response to new vulnerabilities.
A table of the top current threats and threat trends lists the following top three threats: 1. Drive-by-downloads, 2. Worms/Trojans and 3. Code injections. For full table.