Drones and "internet of things" devices will increasingly become targets for hackers looking to access networks, Intel Security's McAfee Labs predicts in a new report.
Among the company's other predictions for 2017:
• Ransomware attacks will level off in the second half of the year, thanks to improved responses by security firms and law enforcement.
• Mobile devices will continue to be a growing target for hackers looking to hold owners for ransom and steal banking and other account credentials.
• Machine learning will increasingly help attackers plan and schedule targeted phishing attacks, taking advantage of factors like corporate events and employee turnover.
• Fake error messages and ads, impersonating real organizations to steal information and hijack computers, will dent consumers' trust in online services.