The New Hacking Methods of 2019
January 25, 2019 by Bill Rosenthal

From the Marriott breach of nearly 500 million customers’ information to the nation-state attacks created by Russian hacking groups, billions of people across the globe were affected by cyberattacks and data breaches in 2018. Incidents increased in both frequency and sophistication, such as cryptojacking, while there was a resurgence of “classic” cyberattack methods like Trojans.

As we are already a month into 2019, what kind of new and (unfortunately) innovative hacking methods can we expect from the rest of the new year? Here are just a few threats to expect. 

  • “Smart” Phishing– With the combination of artificial intelligence and phishing, the possibilities are nearly endless. Seemingly normal emails could be sent from what looks like a real, legitimate institution to lure a user into providing their private information. When paired with artificial intelligence, emails could look real, feature relevant content, and be placed into existing email chains as to not raise suspicions. It would be rather difficult for users to be able to tell the difference between these new smart phishing emails - and could have cataclysmic effects on businesses.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Malware– Malware powered by artificial intelligence attempts to mimic the typical behavior of a human user to spread the malware at an increased rate while avoiding detection. With this powerful backing, malware creators will simply have to look at an environment to see what kind of behavior is typical of the target and then use it while moving at the speed of a machine. 
  • Malicious Machine Learning– Artificial intelligence and machine learning have lready proven to be gamechangers in the world of technology, but they are double-edged swords in the world of cybersecurity. All of the properties that allow companies to use the learning capabilities of machines for defense can be used maliciously for cyberattacks.
  • Third-Party Attacks– Also known as supply chain attacks, third-party cyberattacks are when a victim is targeted via a partner or supplier. This method of hacking has been around for a while but has seen a steady rise in frequency over the last several years. In 2019, companies can expect to see a continued rise in these attacks with an emphasis on those using open source software.

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