A North Korean national is identified in a complaint for involvement in a range of cyberattacks, including the cyberattack against Sony Pictures in 2014, and the WannaCry 2.0 ransomware attack. Sophos pointed to the expansion of ransomware operators as one of the top trends to watch in 2021. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Widening gaps between the high- and low-end ransomware operators, the increased use of loaders and botnets, and the continued abuse of legitimate tools all top the list among security trends for the year ahead, according to Sophos.

In releasing its Sophos 2021 Threat Report today, the company’s researchers identified how ransomware and fast-changing attacker behaviors will shape the threat landscape and IT security in 2021.  

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