Prediction 5: Edwin the malicious rubber ducky will lead the botnet army of 2017
Botnet armies are bigger, more active, and more heavily armed than ever before. Over the past few months, we have seen our internet infrastructure come to a grinding halt multiple times due to distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS).
We expect to see hackers continue to exploit IoT device vulnerabilities to launch attacks, and they will likely use Edwin, the app-connected smart duck who will be the biggest security threat of the year. Hackers will leverage Edwin to launch the "Rubber Ducky Botnet Army" of 2017, making it critical for organisations to better defend their networks to prevent the strong DDoS attacks made possible through a yellow ducky.
Prediction 6: The Uberisation of Things / The Uberisation of Technology
Disruption will continue to take place in more and more verticals - beyond transport (Uber, Grab etc.), housing (Airbnb) and F&B (UberEATS, Foodpanda, Deliveroo etc.) - we will see more changes especially in the technology scene.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are some existing examples of how 'traditional' technologies have been displaced or regarded as laggards with VR and AI jumping on-board the disruptive technologies bandwagon. We will see more verticals face or be affected by the Uberization of Things and when this happens, technology will either save or break the economy.
All in all, 2016 is definitely a year to remember. Given the tumultuous events of this year so far, in 30 years' time, the answer to any question starting "In which year did ..." is likely to be "2016." Let's hope that in 2017, some of the bleaker cybersecurity predictions do NOT come true, and that for once, we have fewer attacks and less disruption to business and personal lives.
In 2017, predicting the future will be big business. With the advancements in IoT and data analysis, we'll no longer have to rely on crystal balls and tarot cards to plan our next business moves.
And in 2017, technology will continue to replace physical, manual and, increasingly, intellectual processes.
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