Prediction for 2013: web retailers face terror hitJanuary 1, 2013
Author and futurist Jack Uldrich has predicted that online retailers will be a primary target for an Iranian-backed attack on Cyber Monday, 2013. Recent cyber-attacks have already shown how Iran has targeted U.S. banks and financial institutions. It is logical to assume they would move on to a “softer” cyber target in online retailers that may not have as robust security layers as major international banks.
From Mr. Uldrich’s website—this item is his ninth out of 15 predictions for the new year:
“Cyber Monday” Does Dark. On the Monday following Thanksgiving 2013—the largest Internet retail day of the year—a sophisticated cyber attack will be directed against the world’s top online retailers. Although no group will claim immediate responsibility for the attacks, government officials will suspect the hackers were supported by the Iranian government and were launched in retaliation for the internationally imposed economic sanctions that have throttled Iran’s economy. Days later, a top Iranian military official will become the first victim of a self-guided bullet. Neither the U.S. nor Israel will confirm its involvement in the assassination.