The Metaverse Brings New Cybersecurity Risks

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Once digital property increases in value in the virtual world, the risk of cyberattacks, hacking, theft, ransomware and phishing will increase substantially without proper cybersecurity measures. Unprotected entry into the metaverse, a fusion of various virtual spaces and the physical world, will make cybercrime much more common.

More and more companies are starting to invest in the metaverse, a digital universe that will allow users to create digital avatars and interact with others and the world around them. These advances bring many cybercrime dangers and increase in breaches, data exfiltration, exposure of sensitive information, etc. The more this concept is valued, the more difficult it is to protect it. Often, organizations get “sucked in” by the metaverse because it is a relatively new technological concept and the various opportunities it presents. According to zawya.com, IT and cybersecurity experts are seriously concerned that most of them are rushing to establish their presence without proper cybersecurity strategy.

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The Metaverse will attempt to create an immersive virtual world combining augmented reality and virtual reality, including economic and social spaces where users from all over the world can enjoy a wide range of content and experiences. A real world experience online. According to cybersecurity experts, it also significantly exposes individual internet users and brands playing in this space to a plethora of risks that could lead to increased instances of account hacking and tampering, phishing and device theft. assets.

Risks will not only occur on a large scale, but targeted device hacks will also pose a high risk to users. Device security should remain at the top of the list of cyber protection priorities, as device threats and breaches are likely to escalate and could subsequently also have real life-ending consequences in the physical world. Hacking specific metaverse headsets can cause seizures, impair the user’s vision or hearing, as well as expose their physical location, noted Candid Wüest, vice president of Cyber ​​Protection Research, Acronis.

Without proper cybersecurity measures, cybercriminals will be able to locate and create loopholes for exploiting and infiltrating private networks. They could also use the metaverse to spread malicious information, such as deep politically motivated fake news.

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