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2020 will be the year of the electronic cold war, cybersecurity experts say

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Cybersecurity firm Check Point has released its 2020 forecast. It says state-sponsored hacks against governments, critical infrastructure and big business will escalate as escalating international tensions escalate.

Computer scientists at Check Point estimate that from 2020, a ” cold war ” will break out in cyberspace, through computer attacks and disinformation. The study was published on October 24 on its official website.

“There will be a new cold war and it will take place in the electronic Internet as the Western and Eastern powers increasingly separate their technologies and their information. The ongoing trade war between the United States and China is a clear indicator of this, ”notes the company.

According to experts, conflicts in a similar format will increasingly arise between small states with the financial and ideological support of larger and more influential neighbors. The main objective of the instigators of such a war would be to consolidate and extend their spheres of influence.

Targeted public services and administrations

In addition, an increase in the number of cyberattacks against public services and other infrastructure is to be expected. These cyber attacks would be facilitated by the use of obsolete technologies and equipment in this sector in many countries.

“In many cases, critical electricity and water distribution infrastructures use old technologies, the vulnerabilities of which can be exploited remotely, since upgrading them could cause service interruptions,” the company said.

Analysts expect 2020 attacks to target specific businesses, governments and health organizations using ransomware to increase, as well as attacks via mobile malware that can steal payment data, information identification and funds on bank accounts.

Fake news

Finally, in politics, 2020 should experience another trend – that of fake news during election campaigns.

“The 2016 US election saw the start of the spread of fake news based on artificial intelligence (AI). Political opponents have made huge strides in creating specialized teams to create and spread fake stories in order to belittle their opponents,” said the company.

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