Security firms predict greater threats for 2010.
The last year has seen a phenomenal rise in the level of malicious code and security attacks - fake websites loaded with malware and phony security software have become frustratingly common. According to the latest releases from top security firms, this trend is likely to continue at an even greater rate, with hackers and spammers hooking on to the latest trends in social networking in order to gain access to user’s private data and computers.
“As these sites more readily provide third-party developer access to their APIs, attackers will likely turn to vulnerabilities in third-party applications for users’ social networking accounts, just as we have seen attackers leverage browser plug-ins more as Web browsers themselves become more secure,” stated Symantec, a leading security firm.
And it is a view that many other firms seem to echo, with Trend Micro, CA and Websense all stating that hackers will increase their attacks on well-frequented sites including Twitter, Facebook and those that incorporate Web 2.0 tools. A notable increase would be the attack on search engine’s SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). This would mean infected sites listed higher up in results pages, and as the popular search engines are generally trusted by everday users, would ‘ensure a steady supply of victims.’
Analysts are already predicting a rise in attacks against cloud computing: its rise in popularity in the next year will mean hackers are likely to increase attacks in this business-targeted service, where ‘more and more corporate data is being stored outside of the network, making it difficult for IT administrators to have direct control over the data,’ according to M86.
It seems that users will need to be on their toes even more in the coming year; virus protection software is an absolute must and it is a good idea to actually look at what you are clicking on before wildy tapping on that not-so-furry mouse of yours.
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