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E-Threats To Increase In Sophistication During 2011

BitDefender UK : 20 January, 2011  (Technical Article)
BitDefender is predicting an increasingly complex landscape of threats towards IT devices with more focus to be brought to social networking and mobile devices
BitDefender has released its latest e-threats landscape predictions report, warning computer users to prepare for a range of increasingly complex and sophisticated malware in 2011. A number of dangers are highlighted including a rise in DDoS attacks, rogue software, malware targeted at social networking sites and infections designed to infiltrate mobile devices.



One of the most significant observations of the study is the use of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks as a means of social protest, fuelled by the advent of the Stuxnet worm and against institutions that withdrew support for Wikileaks. While increased activity from conventional botnets is expected, the importance of voluntarily enrolled PCs is also forecast to rise. These computers are likely to focus on forming ad-hoc botnets designed to launch DDoS attacks as a means of social protest against institutions regulating the internet.



“In 2011, not only do we expect the number of malicious applications to increase, but we also believe these e-threats will become increasingly complex,” said Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab. “In addition to DDoS attacks, we are likely to see a greater range of rogue software utilities, a rise in malware using HTML5 or Java and the infection of mobile phones to capture sensitive data such as e-banking or social networking details.”



The growth in use of social networking sites and the introduction of HTML5 are likely to have a major impact on the e-threats landscape in 2011, according to BitDefender’s security experts. Malware authors are expected to capitalise on these increasingly popular online channels to disseminate their creations and compromise a great number of users’ security.



The study predicts a rise in the creation of rogue software that misleads PC users into paying for the fake removal of malware. This could range from rogue disk defragmenters to tune-up applications. In addition, malware signed with a genuine digital certificate that is in fact stolen or forged has been highlighted as a potential new threat. Finally, with the popularity of smartphones, other mobile technology and the availability of software development kits for mobiles, the report forecasts an increase in cyber criminals targeting such devices.
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