The Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud are likely to fall prey to new malicious tactics and strategies in 2016, said FortiGuard Labs, the threat research division of Fortinet.
“In 2016, though, we expect to see further development of exploits and malware that target trusted communication protocols between these devices,” Fortinet said in its annual predictions report.
FortiGuard researchers warned that hackers will take advantage of vulnerabilities in connected consumer devices to get a foothold within the corporate networks and hardware to which they connect.
It also pointed out that worms and viruses are likely to hit headless devices with small amounts of code that can propagate and persist.
Fortinet also predicted the emergence of increasingly sophisticated evasion techniques that will push the boundaries of detection and forensic investigation as hackers face increasing pressure from law enforcement.
The company said many organizations have turned to sandboxing to detect hidden or unknown malware by observing the behavior of suspicious files at runtime.
Two-faced malware, though, behaves normally while under inspection and then delivers a malicious payload once it has been passed by the sandbox. Fortinet warned that this can prove quite challenging to detect but can also interfere with threat intelligence mechanisms that rely on sandbox rating systems.