Hidden Threats Behind the Great Potential of 5G

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2020 is predicted to be the initial year of the growth of the global 5G network. Technology companies are competing to design interesting products that will be able to connect to the 5G network. With the high-speed fifth-generation cellular network technology, data capacity worldwide is expected to increase to 175 zettabytes by 2025, or about 175 trillion terabytes.

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That number jumped dramatically from the year 2010 which was recorded at 1.2 zettabytes. The fifth generation internet is indeed interesting because of the offer of large-scale connectivity, speeds up to 100 times, and latency that is 25 times lower than 4G.

Unlike the previous generation internet, 5G will be more widely adopted for commercial IoT and M2M. However, security firm Kaspersky explained that there was a threat of the hidden dangers that lurk behind the line of the lure recency 5G. Most of them are threats that have occurred so far, it’s just expected to be more complex.

For example, privacy matters, where hackers can track the user’s location accurately. Of course this is not a new problem. With a much faster speed and low latency, the data collected can be more accurate and obtained in a short time.

Moreover, with IoT being used more massively by the public, agencies, and companies, more data can be collected. Have to work together Another security potential is from the 5G service provider itself. They can have broad access to large amounts of data sent by user devices.

This opens up the possibility that service providers can see what is really happening in the home location or at least describe it through metadata in the environment around the user through in-house sensors and internal parameters. Such data can expose privacy, manipulate and misuse of user data.

The worst part, without strict legal supervision, service providers may sell the data to other service companies such as advertisers. Cyber crime will also lurk by utilizing the 5G network. Especially for imperfect 5G infrastructure.

In a written statement, Kaspersky explained, the lack of security in the customer framework and administration could open opportunities for cyber crime. Possible threats include, for example, spying or diverting data traffic. In addition, the use of commercial IoT on a more massive scale also has the potential to cause problems that have never existed so far.

“The government and industry leaders must work together in an effort to bring safe and comfortable 5G technology projects,” explained Amin Hasbini, Head of Research Center, Global Research & Analysis Team, Middle East, Turkey and Africa from Kasperky.

He suggested that technology vendors and governments work together to prevent the exploitation of 5G and cyber crime actors. Kaspersky also suggested implementing zero-trust network modes and rigorous product quality assessments from vendors.

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