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Lavasoft Lists Online Threats for 2010

Lavasoft, a Sweden-based computer security purveyor, has recently come up with its list of top ten predictions and security trends for 2010.

The list, released in the second week of December 2009, predicts that the top position will be occupied by malware assaults on Windows 7. With launch of the Microsoft's latest operating system (OS), the company aims to substitute Windows XP as the most preferred OS. With more and people installing Windows 7 on their systems, malware developers will also look forward to exploit it by devising new techniques and tactics of targeted attacks.

In addition, hackers will also target applications to distribute malware, as they look for exploits in programs that are apparently harmless. Such programs help them in illegally accessing administrative credentials and data security systems. The profits earned from this malware pattern ensure that cyber crooks will not discard this lucrative endeavor. Thus, these attacks are only expected to become more complex and stealthy.

Scareware rogue anti-virus software will remain a common online con, drawing huge bucks in return of counterfeit products.

Further, 2010 will also face attacks on Non-Windows platforms. Even though the number of non-Windows users is lesser than Windows users, malware creators will definitely explore ways to ruin these systems if they manage to attack a substantial number of systems.

Besides, preferred platforms, such as smartphones, are also expected to attract attacks on a large scale. Although security threats on smartphones have been closely observed by malware researchers for quite some time, recent assaults have brought the issue back in focus. These assaults highlight the need of additional security.

Due to a statement given by Andrew Browne, Head of malware Labs, Lavasoft, these predictions have got more fanned. He said that this year cyber crooks have been quite occupied. Comparing Q3 2009 with Q3 2008, 477% increase in malware attacks has been witnessed, as per the statement published by techarena.in in the second week of December 2009.

Hence, to combat online attacks in 2010, the firm strongly recommends people to safeguard their systems using updated security software. More importantly, users must be aware and wary of various types of cyber threats likely to come their way.

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