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Biggest cyberthreats to watch out for in 2016

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Cyberattacks are on the rise, and government agencies, law enforcement and the private sector all seem powerless to stop them. The list of recent high-profile victims includes such well-known names as Target, Sony and Ashley Madison, and it also includes the Joint Chiefs of Staff and even the White House. Many of the cybercrime attacks are coming from countries that include China, Iran and North Korea.

The U.S. government has budgeted $14 billion for cybersecurity for fiscal year 2016, so clearly, this threat is being taken seriously at the highest levels of government.

Unfortunately, security experts expect cyberattacks seen in 2015 to continue in the new year, if only because those most likely to be victimized simply haven't done much to step up security. In fact, many federal agencies have not even instituted two-factor authentication, something as simple as requiring both a card and a PIN number.

So what major cyberthreats are expected next year? CNBC spoke with experts in the fields of cybersecurity, telecommunications and IT consulting to determine what's at risk. The list may surprise you.

—By Daniel Bukszpan, special to
Posted 25 September 2015

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