According to research firm Gartner, there will be more connected devices than humans by 2017.
U.S. intelligence officials and security firms have identified data sabotage, the subtle tweaking of data within transactions to gain some type of benefit, as one of cybercrime’s next big fronts for 2016.
“Most of the public discussion regarding cyberthreats has focused on the confidentiality and availability of information,” James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress in September 2015. “In the future, however, we might also see more cyber operations that will change or manipulate electronic information in order to compromise its integrity.”
Data integrity attacks are stealthy by nature; so security experts believe data sabotage will exploit less sensational opportunities such as manipulation of personal finance information or a company’s earnings report for financial gain.
Keep reading at CNBC.com to learn one hypothetical attack that could ruin customer relationships.
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