NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In 2015, cyber criminals will diversify and financial incentives will be the driving force behind advanced persistent threats (APTs) according to the Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2014. Predictions 2015 report published by Kaspersky Lab, a software security vendor headquartered in Moscow.
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The Kaspersky security bulletin indicated that, in 2014, the company has seen an increase in targeted attacks that focus directly on banks, using APTs to initiate fund transfers and exploiting vulnerabilities, regardless of operating system or technology used.
An advanced persistent threat is generally accepted as one where a remote attack penetrates a system or network and remains there undetected, while gathering data and installing additional programs to maximize access to the entire network.
Not your Typical Hacker
Hackers using APTs do not work alone as few have the resources or knowledge to initiate a sustained attack on a network. What we are dealing with in general is large groups (often well-funded by governments), although in 2015, according to Kaspersky's predictions, these groups will splinter, resulting in a wide range of attack types.
The Kaspersky report adds: "it means that bigger companies that were previously compromised by two or three major APT groups (e.g., Comment Crew and Webky) will see more diverse attacks, coming from more sources."
Automated teller machines (ATMs) are an attractive target for cyber criminals as many banks still use Windows XP as the 'brains' of these systems. However, attacks on ATMS will become more sophisticated in 2015.
"The next stage will see attackers compromising the networks of banks and using that level of access to manipulate ATM machines in real time," said the report.
Ticketing machines, many of which also use Windows XP are vulnerable and attacks could result in free tickets or gathering of credit card information for use elsewhere.
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