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TrustDefender Foresees Year 2011 as “Year of Malware Attacks”

Recently, Australia's top global and financial security firm, TrustDefender alerted that while 2010 witnessed a stupendous surge in cybercrimes, 2010 will even get worse. The firm predicted that the year 2011 will be the "year of malware attacks".

According to the firm's estimation, amount of malware will increase and will become even more complex. The firm predicts that malware will make use of capabilities like, anti-researcher tricks including capabilities utilizing detection of virtual systems and anti-tamper technology capabilities. They will also start utilizing geo-location tools to identify researchers.

Besides, TrustDefender forecasts that both professional and ordinary individuals will utilize customized malware to attack particular government and corporate online activities. Similarly, occurrences of corporate espionage are set to increase during 2011. Whereas, some malware will persist experimenting with inject itself into the hardware. This will not be mainly successful for extensive use, although it may be very efficient for the increasing espionage market purposes.

Commenting on the issue, Ted Egan, CEO and Co-founder of TrustDefender stated that, they had seen a considerable shift in the way cybercrooks exploited and carried their business in 2010. He stated that no one is safe today. He further added that, the evolution of IT infrastructure via technologies such as, Smartphone, USB, tablet devices, and cloud computing integration had augmented the risk of online flaws, as reported by ItWire on December 16, 2010.

Egan stated that, enterprises and end-users do not have enough tools or sufficient awareness regarding real-time security to tackle such harmful risks. Further, as people will still remain reliant on Internet, requirement for real-time solutions is necessary.

Egan concluded by stating that, the surfacing of cyber warfare and cyber espionage predicts few remarkable risks to the government protection. He highlighted, Stuxnet, for instance, was one general example of the impact cybercrooks could have, with more than 44,000 systems being infected with the Stuxnet virus globally. Further, latest events around WikiLeaks highlight the urgency to safeguard personal and financial data. He finally stated that for the first time governments across the globe are listing cyber-security at the top of their security agendas.

Furthermore, besides the abovementioned predictions, the firm estimates that netizens will witness a stupendous surge in the more complex Trojans escaping detection from conventional anti-virus - increased zero-day attacks.

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