Advanced Persistent Threats in 2021: Kaspersky Researchers Predict New Threat Angles and Attack Strategies to Come
Kaspersky researchers have shared predictions related to Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in 2021, forecasting how the landscape of targeted attacks will change in the year ahead. The turmoil of 2020 will lead to many structural and strategic changes in the realm of targeted attacks, particularly due to a newly-broadened attack surface. New attack vectors, such as the targeting of network appliances and the search for 5G vulnerabilities, will happen alongside multi-stage attacks, as well as positive actions against activities enabling cyberattacks, such as zero-day sales.
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The forecast was developed based on changes that Kaspersky's Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) witnessed during 2020 and is being published to support the cybersecurity community with guidelines and insights. These have been created to help prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.
APT threat actors will buy initial network access from cybercriminals
One of the key, and potentially most dangerous, trends that Kaspersky researchers anticipate is the change in threat actors' approach to the execution of attacks. Last year, targeted ransomware attacks reached a new level through the use of generic malware as a means to get an initial foothold in targeted networks. Connections between these attacks and well-established underground networks such as Genesis, which typically trade in stolen credentials, were observed. Kaspersky researchers believe that APT actors will start using the same method to compromise their targets.
As a result, organizations should pay increased attention to generic malware and perform basic incident response activities on each compromised computer to ensure that generic malware has not been used as a means of deploying more sophisticated threats.
Other targeted threat predictions for 2021 include:
The APT predictions have been developed thanks to Kaspersky's threat intelligence services used around the world. On November 19, Kaspersky's GReAT researchers are also sharing their predictions for upcoming changes in the world of major threat actors in 2021, taking a look back at 2020 and discussing this with the audience. Register for the webinar here: https://kas.pr/3hbh
The full version of Kaspersky Threat Predictions for 2021 is available on Securelist.com
These predictions are a part of Kaspersky Security Bulletin (KSB) - an annual series of predictions and analytical articles on key changes in the world of cybersecurity. Click here to look at other KSB pieces.
To look back at what Kaspersky experts expected to see in the advanced targeted threats landscape in 2020, please read our previous yearly report.
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