Zero-Day Malware to Appear More Frequently

Zero-day attack is a form cyber-attack which occurs on the same day when the vulnerabilities of the computer software or application is discovered.

What Does This Mean? 

With the advancements in technologies such as AI, machine learning, deep learning and more, cyber-attacks can be detected at an early stage. With huge volume of data available with organizations and growing digital transformations for businesses across industry verticals, the need and capability of organizations to enhance their security measures through AI based software tools have increased manifold. However, the advancements in technologies have also enabled hackers to build their own AI based tools to detect vulnerabilities and launch malicious software attacks.

Zero-day attacks are difficult to detect and very few technology vendors have the capability to provide robust software tools that can completely mitigate the risk of these attacks.
Cyber-crimes take advantage of the present vulnerabilities and it is the onus of the technologies vendors to up the antique by fabricating robust tools that can provide pre-emptive threat mitigation techniques rather than the traditional reactive approach used for most cyber security systems.

Few Examples of Zero Day Attacks

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment was a victim of a zero-day attack in late 2014.
  • Democratic National Committee (DNC), US also faced a Zero-day attack.
  • Recently, the Flash Player vulnerability was patched earlier by Adobe.

Conclusion:

AI is largely dual-purpose and with the advancements in technologies, the imminent threat of zero-day malware attacks will also appear more frequently and with more deadly precision, while existing defences are neutralized. To be protected against the zero-day attacks, organizations need to keep their devices and software applications updated with the latest patches, as this can reduce the frequency of occurrence of the attacks. More importantly, every organization should critically assess their incident logs periodically as well as any potentially vulnerable nodes within the system, to proactively mitigate any potent risks faced by them.

-Sonam Chawla,
Research Analyst,
Infoholic Research