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ZD Tech: cyber threats have a future

Hello everyone and welcome to ZD Tech, ‘s daily editorial podcast. I Stone and today I invite you on a little journey through time in see what the future holds for us in terms of new cyber threats.

Whether it’s phishing, malware or ransomware, stealing our banking details, passwords and other personal information, the Internet has long been a playground for hackers of all stripes to make money and cause damage. However, the worst is yet to come. While we are still far from completely protecting networks from current threats, technology is still evolving, bringing with it its share of new threats.

On the dock especially quantum computing. If this technological breakthrough soon allows us to solve the tough problems conventional computers have hitherto stumbled over, it will likely spawn many more. The power of quantum computing could indeed allow the encryption algorithms we have been using for decades to protect our banking data, our encrypted messages, or our digital signatures to be quickly cracked. Enough for all the global cybersecurity agencies to sound the alarm.

AI and machine learning at the dock

But quantum computing is not the only new technology that cybercriminals will seek to exploit. The latter may also use technological advances in artificial intelligence or machine learning to commit new crimes.

Automatically creating large-scale spam campaigns, using robots to industrialize fraudulent operations, or even developing intelligent, self-programmed malware are all activities that any hacker could soon do with no more effort than today.

Here’s your half-empty glass. Rest assured, though, that if future breakthroughs in technology come with their share of dangers, they should improve our online security by the same amount. If these new technologies open new windows of opportunity for cybercriminals, this does not mean that they will have an easier life than they do today.

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