McAfee List of Security Predictions for 2007

McAfee published 10 security predictions for next year. This is list:

  • The number of password-stealing websites will increase using fake sign-in pages for popular online services such as eBay.
  • The volume of spam, particularly bandwidth-eating image spam, will continue to increase.
  • The popularity of video sharing on the web makes it inevitable that hackers will target MPEG files as a means to distribute malicious code.
  • Mobile phone attacks will become more prevalent as mobile devices become ‘smarter’ and more connected.
  • Adware will go mainstream following the increase in commercial Potentially Unwanted Programs.
  • Identity theft and data loss will continue to be a public issue – at the root of these crimes is often computer theft, loss of back-ups and compromised information systems.
  • The use of bots, computer programs that perform automated tasks, will increase as a tool favoured by hackers.
  • Parasitic malware, or viruses that modify existing files on a disk, will make a comeback.
  • The number of rootkits on 32-bit platforms will increase, but protection and remediation capabilities will increase as well.
  • Vulnerabilities will continue to cause concern fuelled by the underground market for vulnerabilities.

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