11 December 2013, 17:27

Death of global web: Internet will end in 2014 - Kaspersky Lab

Death of global web: Internet will end in 2014 - Kaspersky Lab

The Internet as a global network may cease to exist in 2014, giving way to dozens of national webs with limited access to foreign web resources, Alexander Gostev, an expert at the Kaspersky Laboratory, told reporters.

So far, only China has a "closed" national web operated by domestic servers, but a number of countries, Russia among them, have either passed or are preparing laws restricting the use of foreign servers, he said.

Speaking about the Bitcoin virtual currency, Gostev fears that it might become popular with cyber offenders next year.

Earlier, Digit.ru reported that Bitcoin had broken above $1,000 per unit. Gostev predicts that it may rise to $2,000-$3,000 in 2014. At the same time, he warned that Bitcoin was too unstable and might bounce back sharply.

Small groups of hackers specializing in flash attacks will be employed by various companies for cyber spying on their competitors, Gostev said.

He does not rule out increasing attacks on software developers and mobile applications creators.

In Gostev’s opinion, evildoers will continue to make use of the vulnerabilities of Android and other mobile platforms. A vulnerability for the iOS platform costs around $200,000 on the "black market", for Android - $10,000, he said.

 Voice of Russia, RIA

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