WannaCry attacks: Former Malaysian hacker predicted healthcare target

Computerworld interviews former hacker turned financial services security consultant, Fong Choong Fook, who speaks about essential security procedures and warns about automated hacking trends on the horizon.

By AvantiKumar
May 16, 2017

Automated hacking trends

 Fong also told Computerworld Malaysia that  "with governments globally advocating higher adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and more homes incorporate smart devices, the risk of the next DDOS (distributed denial of service) cyber threat coming from bot-controlled smart devices is rising exponentially."

He added that this development signals "a new trend among hackers, and it is here to stay for another three to five years."

"Another change in hacking trends is that today hackers are rarely human, but bots instead - automated software that constantly scan the Web for system and network weaknesses," said Fong.

"Once they have identified a weakness, the automated software will hack into a network and then only notify a human," Fong said.

You may read more about this next potential global cyber threat, which was carried in a Computerworld Malaysia exclusive interview late last year.

Last weekend, when news of the WannaCry-related attacks on about 99 countries broke, CyberSecurity Malaysia's  chief executive officer Dato' Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab's responses to Computerworld Malaysia included CyberSAFE's advisory to better secure IT systems.


For CyberSecurity Malaysia's attack analysis and advice, visit - Global ransomware attacks prompt national 'WannaCry' alert from CyberSecurity Malaysia

The latest edition of this article lives at Computerworld Malaysia.

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