(ZDNET) Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G and the rise of the Internet of Things are just some of the emerging technologies that could aid cybercriminals in ways that could make them more dangerous than ever – and law enforcement must innovate quickly in order to help keep citizens safe, a new report by Europol has warned. The report also suggested that law enforcement itself could take advantage of some of the emerging technologies to help in the fight against cybercrime.
Quantum computing is also identified as a potential risk to the cybersecurity of European citizens. While experts say that quantum computing can help boost the security of systems, Europol warns that there’s the potential that the technology could fall into the wrong hands, and these individuals could exploit the power to crack the encryption of machines using the current standard. “Malicious actors in possession of a quantum computer would have the opportunity to break traditional security standards, orchestrate far more sophisticated cyberattacks, or decrypt information and communications,” the report warns.