Friday, January 20, 2012

CPE: McAfee AudioParasitic: Episode 10 Top 10 predictions for security threats in 2007

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reviewing the top 10 predictions for security threats in 2007 after 6 months - we scored pretty well...

3 things that are puzzling:
1. spam declining
2. number of bot declining
3. no serious mobile threats

However iPhone will be released soon, with full blown OS and full  browser (not the crippled browser) - this will become the target because of the number of deployments
+ apple will provide application to steam youtube - this one of threat prediction.

Number 1 is the password stealing website, this will stay number one treat

There would be such high volume of SPAM if it has worked- same thing for ponzi sceme and nigerian scam. SPAM has to be only 1-2% effective

Number of Bot declining could be related to classification- it could be classified as virus, sometime it's classified as trojan sometime it classified as downloader..

Bot decline will be a temporary.

the term rootkit is getting looser and looser - in the future people will use more specific term.

Now that we get people get paid to find vulnerabilities- there will be more of them.

Top 10 predictions for security threats in 2007:

 1. The number of password-stealing Web sites will increase using fake sign-in pages for popular online services such as eBay.
2. The volume of spam, particularly bandwidth-eating image spam, will continue to increase.
3. The popularity of video sharing on the Web makes it inevitable that hackers will target MPEG files as a means to distribute malicious code.
4. Mobile phone attacks will become more prevalent as mobile devices become "smarter" and more connected.
5. Adware will go mainstream following the increase in commercial Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).
6. 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.
7. The use of bots, computer programs that perform automated tasks, will increase as a tool favored by hackers.
8. Parasitic malware, or viruses that modify existing files on a disk, will make a comeback.
9. The number of rootkits on 32-bit platforms will increase, but protection and remediation capabilities will increase as well.
10. Vulnerabilities will continue to cause concern fueled by the underground market for vulnerabilities.

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