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Malicious Software to Rise In 2011, Predicts Pandalabs

PandaLabs the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security lately published the security company's forecasts about e-threats for 2011. Simultaneously, according to Panda Security, with 20m fresh malware pieces getting developed during 2010 alone, this trend is likely to go on in 2011.

Moreover, the company predicted that sophisticated online assaults similar to those by Stuxnet worm were set to rise. And while capable of being utilized within large scale industrial assaults, the Stuxnet could as well be utilized in less refined, yet more destructive malware programs, it said.

Stated Technical Director Luis Corrons of PandaLabs, the Internet was becoming more and more important for everyone as also it maintained freedom and anonymity; therefore, it was certain that further instances of the above type of civil remonstrations would arise. Theinquirer.net published this on December 14, 2010.

Furthermore, as per the security company, online remonstrations are seething and will keep on becoming frequent. Operation Payback along with a group named Anonymous initiated this fresh event, attacking organizations that attempted at shutting the Internet over piracy issues, as well as subsequently to back Editor-in-chief Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. People, who aren't so technically savvy, too can get into the spam campaigns or DDoS attacks.

Moreover, in spite of rapid efforts in several nations for legislating laws to effectively fight cyber-remonstrations, PandaLabs is certain that this type of problem will increase during 2011 and that their organizers will be Anonymous and other newly emerging groups,.

Worryingly, the security company thinks that encrypted and dynamic malware will grow during 2011. Already it has detected increasingly treacherous and encrypted malware programs created to establish contact with remote servers from where to update themselves prior to getting spotted with security agencies' software. Other malware programs also exist, which attack specific entities, especially organizations, since data seized from businesses yield much more money, illegally.

However, alongside these untoward predictions, Panda Security makes some positive forecasts too. Accordingly, although malware will keep rising, the rate of its growth won't be as high as in the past. Moreover, tablet users won't get trapped in online crooks' ruses till after 2011, the company says.

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