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Security Threats to Intensify in 2010

According to the data security vendor Imperva, there would be an increase in the constant Internet battle between online miscreants and security software vendors during 2010. The company pointed out some primary security trends which would keep on appearing most prominently on the Internet during 2010.

Imperva states that in 2010, hacking would take the commercial form with roles clearly defined among hackers who would deliver them just like drug trading associations. Moreover, these hacking attempts would be automated through the use of botnets for distributing malware.

Additionally, the security company forecasts that there'll be a rise in assaults against social-networking websites where malware and phishing attacks easily victimize technically less proficient or unprotected users. Theft of passwords will increase since cyber criminals know that the stolen login details for anyone system such as an e-mail help in accessing his accounts on other systems as well like PayPal and online banking. This is possible because Web-users largely use identical passwords for a number of online accounts.

One such case was observed during October 2009 when security researchers noticed a phishing assault against Hotmail and Hotmail Live users. The attack underscored the fact how users took it easy to create passwords. The most common username and password combination that was set included 123456789 and 111111.

Later, Microsoft confirmed that the usernames and passwords of over 10,000 Hotmail users from Europe were hijacked during the scam operation.

To fight against such attacks, Amichai Shulman, Chief Technology Officer of Imperva, advises that users must directly deal with them, as reported by The National Business Review 24/7 on December 8, 2009. Shulman said that organizations wanted to safeguard their data seriously should do so at the source level and required to deploy certain mechanisms like combining a firewall with a monitoring system for data and filing.

He further said that automation had become a prominent problem which could be combated with technical measures. He added that organizations needed to put together their defense devices and positive safety measures although admittedly, the latter were scare in the current period.

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