SMS interception and Bluetooth hacking: what to be afraid of in 2019?

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Covert mining, attacks on ATMs and disconnecting the Internet – Positive Technologies experts told us about the dangers that await us in 2019.

Recently, we talked about the results of 2018 in the field of cybersecurity. Positive Technologies experts also predicted possible negative scenarios for 2019.

  • ATMs can start to crack in serial. In darknet today you can buy not only the tool itself and the instruction manual but also technical support. The cost of such malware starts at $ 1,500. According to Positive Technologies, up to 69% of ATMs are vulnerable to Black Box attacks, up to 85% – for attacks at the network level, and up to 76% – to exit the kiosk mode.
  • Covert mining can stop the plant. Five years ago, selling access to 1000 hacked PCs brought an attacker up to $ 20 per month, now having access to the same 1000 PCs, he can earn up to $ 600 on cryptocurrency mining. And this despite the depreciation! Even utilities suffer: in February, a Monero miner was discovered on the servers of some European water treatment plants. Such a parasitic load for industrial systems is excessive and can quickly disrupt the process.
  • Hackers can affect stock prices and currencies. According to a study by Positive Technologies, weak security of trading applications can lead to attacks on exchange users becoming massive in the next year and a half.
  • SMS interception continues to be relevant. Massive attacks using mobile vulnerabilities will begin if cybergroups are faster than mobile operators who are making efforts to neutralize threats. Today, about 78% of networks are already vulnerable, and SMS interception is possible in 9 out of 10 cases. Moreover, in the darknet, you can already buy a subscription to receive and fake someone else’s SMS in real-time for only $ 20 per month.
  • Cities may be left without internet. There are many so-called end-of-life devices in the world, the production and updating of which are completed. In the case of end-of-life routers, attackers can block access to the Internet to hundreds of thousands of users, redirect users to fake pages of online banks and online stores to intercept passwords.
  • Many will have to turn off Bluetooth. In September 2018, there were about 2 billion devices left around the world that were vulnerable to BlueBorne vulnerabilities that could steal data on devices, infect them with ransomware viruses, or create botnets. 734 million devices based on Android 5.1 and earlier versions, over 260 million devices on Android 6.0 and 50 million iOS devices based on versions 9.3.5 and below are vulnerable.