Cybersecurity experts warn that these 7 emerging technologies will make it easier for hackers to do their jobs
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- Advances in artificial intelligence, computing, and wireless networks have made technology faster and more reliable, but they come with new cybersecurity threats.
- Hackers capitalize on people's lack of understanding of how new technologies work, as well as undiscovered holes in the security of newer systems.
- Experts warn that companies and governments must anticipate new methods of hacking to fend off the next generation of attacks.
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With three months left in the year, 2019 has already seen an exceptional number of major cybersecurity incidents.
An avalanche of hacks, breaches, and data exposures have rattled government agencies and private companies alike, and the victims are typically consumers or citizens.
An attack earlier this summer that targeted Uighur Muslims and Tibetans in China exposed flaws in systems like iOS that were previously thought to be impenetrable. Ransomware attacks have swept government agencies across the US, debilitating them for days on end.
Hackers are becoming increasingly innovative with the techniques they use to access sensitive data. In many cases, new technologies that have just hit the market are boons to hackers, who capitalize on people's lack of understanding of how those technologies work, as well as undiscovered holes in new systems' security.
In turn, cybersecurity experts are highlighting certain technologies that have been repeatedly exploited by hackers, calling for heightened awareness of their vulnerability to bad actors.
Here are seven emerging technologies that pose threats to modern cybersecurity.
AI-generated “deepfake” audio and video can help hackers scam people.
Quantum computing could easily crack encryption.
5G networks will bring faster speeds, and a host of new vulnerabilities.
The “internet of things” creates new threats to security infrastructure.
Hackers are using artificial intelligence to outsmart cybersecurity systems.
As companies outsource high-tech functions to third parties, supply-chain hacks proliferate.
More operational functions are moving online, which is good news for hackers.
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