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Cyber War To Become More Severe In 2007

In the year 2007, hackers will be rapidly picking social networking sites such as 'MySpace' to collect information and use them to launch concentrated attacks on people's computers by targeting mobile phones or instant messaging.

Security experts at Trend Micro have raised alarm that computer hackers are heading for 'cyber war' next year by aiming mobile phones, text messaging and community websites.

As people get to know with e-mail scams, criminals find better methods to commit online fraud, sell phony items, or steal corporate data. According to Dave Rand of Micro Trend, Internet attacks are becoming more sophisticated. The prime objective is to make money and they are doing it abundantly, he told Reuters.
Hacking activities targeting social networking sites is one area, which has lot of opportunities for exploitation by malware, said Ed English, chief technology officer for anti-spyware at Trend Micro. The malicious software, including viruses that surreptitiously track people's keystrokes or distribute millions of spam mails, is common infection on computers.

In other types of fraudulent activities like identity theft, the miscreants wriggle through sites in which people leave their photographs and personal details, to find targets for 'phishing attacks'. These attacks involve misleading e-mails intended to trick people into divulging their credit card numbers.

While these attacks continue, hackers will plant new ones by targeting people using instant messaging services or making telephone calls over the Net, the company predicted for 2007.

Further predictions are that the new version of Internet Explorer released in November 2006 and Microsoft's new Vista operating system will also be havens for attackers. McAfee alerts that sleuthing on businesses will become more advanced. Criminals are hiring students to place them as sleepers in companies from where massive data can be shifted on small, portable memory sticks. Raimund Genes, Trend Micro's anti-malware chief technology officer, calls it a human problem rather than a technology problem.

Security firms view that Internet crime can be difficult to counter as it originates in different continents and time zones. Criminals can make money with relative ease given the speed and anonymity of the Internet.

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