Cyber attacks to escalate over next decade

September 25, 2013

Bill Goodwin

Medical implants, cars and critical infrastructure such as gas pipelines could be at risk from cyber attacks by the end of the decade.

Explosive growth in the number of devices connected to the internet will open up new threats to people and infrastructure, a study backed by police and businesses claims.

The study, carried out by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, along with the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) – a body which brings together law enforcement organisations and technology companies – predicts a huge growth in virtual reality technologies.

People will use augmented reality spectacles or contact lenses to download information as they travel, complete with Minority Report-style advertisements.

However, the technology opens up new risks to privacy and new opportunities for cyber criminals to harvest personal data and potentially cause serious psychological and physical harm, the study, dubbed Project 2020, warns.